Grade 6 students’ project on gay rights a no-go for Ottawa Catholic school principal

When two Grade 6 students at St. George Catholic School in Ottawa in Canada, were assigned a class project on social justice, they chose gay rights as their topic.

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“A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing,” said 11-year-old Quinn Maloney-Tavares, who picked the topic with her friend, Polly Hamilton. “They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.”

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But school principal Ann Beauchamp had other ideas. She vetoed the topic.

“The girls were upset and disappointed,” Quinn’s mother, Ann Maloney, said Wednesday.

As a silent protest, the two wore rainbow colours to school and painted small rainbow flags on their hands.

When they explained why, their classmates said, “Oh my goodness, guys, that’s such a good idea,” Quinn said. Several other students painted rainbow flags on their hands in solidarity.


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