Friday, April 15, 2016

Halifax school situation not being covered by news media

Following up on the story of a Halifax elementary school where parents have complained that their children are being mistreated by new refugee children from Syria, I watched Faith Goldy's show last night on

Goldy said that, once the Chronicle Herald pulled the story from the paper and put in its place an apology to its readers, no other media has approached either the school staff or the parents of children who made the complaints. No follow up from any news outlet in Halifax. Except for The Rebel, which sent Goldy down to cover the story. Her aim was to speak to parents who had made the complaint to the Herald (which they did after being ignored by the school staff) and she was surprised that two parents spoke to her, along with a grandmother, and one of the children who had been manhandled. The number of people who have contacted the Herald about their children being mistreated has now reached four.

You have to have a subscription to The Rebel to see the video, but it is well worth the $8 per month that it costs. If you balk at paying to get the news, remember that CBC is apparently free to us but only because we give them millions of dollars in our taxes every year. All the other news media have advertisers to pay for their broadcasts. The Rebel doesn't have any of those luxuries and can only continue by soliciting paying subscribers. It is less than 27 cents per day, which I think is a small pittance compared to what Ezra Levant and his crew are trying to do, i.e. bring us the news that the other media won't broadcast or publish.

So it turns out that this physical violence is an everyday occurrence at Chebucto Heights School. And, as the young student says, it is only being perpetrated by Syrian boys on Canadian children at the school, and predominantly on girls.

“If our students, our kids did that to these students it’d be a hate crime. It’d be something bad. And now that we’re addressing the problem cause it’s our kids involved, we’re still the bad guy. There’s no win to it. And everyone’s scared to come forward and say something because of what happened with that article."
-  Missy, mother of two children who have been hit by Syrian refugee students

The story isn't being covered because it doesn't fit the narrative that we are supposed to believe. According to our federal Liberal government, the only victims here are the refugees. If Canadians happen to suffer from the attitudes of those refugees, they should excuse such behaviour and understand that it is due to the trauma they have undergone.

No one disputes that being a refugee is traumatic, and no one denies that the situation the Syrians have left is horrific. But we cannot ignore what is seen to be happening here which is that they bring with them a different world view, particularly with regards to women. Ignoring the fact that a woman's life is considered half the value of a man's in the Islamic world will not help us here. This is what these children have been taught to believe and this is what is being played out here in their new relationships.

The Rebel's article states that the school was unable to reach the parents of the Syrian children and that they were awaiting translators to come and mediate the discussions they plan to have. The student interviewed said that, in her grade six classroom, her friend does the translating for the teachers. Her friend is a girl who came from Saudi Arabia three years ago and can speak both Arabic and English.

Ignore the story at our peril. Argue that the Chronicle Herald is having a strike at the moment and has had to employ rookie journalists to fill their copy. But Faith Goldy, with the Rebel Media, discovered that the principal of the school would not talk with her, that no other news outlet had been to the school or had contacted those who made the initial complaints, and that her kind of journalism is being labelled right-wing bigotry.

I will side with Goldy and the Rebel. At least, they are willing to cover the news and they have tried to speak with both sides in this story. The refusal of the school board to answer questions and the silence of the Chronicle Herald since they pulled the story speaks volumes about who is covering something up.

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