In it, he states that the tone of the article in the Chronicle Herald was hurtful and harmful to students, staff and community of Chebucto Heights.
Do the children of the school who were there before the new children arrived, do they have a right to a safe and supportive environment?
I didn't find the tone of the article to be hurtful; I actually thought the original article was a clear reporting of some incidents at the school that were troubling.
The message from the superintendent sounds like an apology where none is required. And his closing line that we can all begin to handle such problems first by not discriminating, seems to indicate that he has already reached a conclusion about the incidents.
In his mind, the recounting of these incidents smacks of discrimination. He says absolutely nothing about the welfare of the children who were bullied by the new kids, who happen to be refugees.
So being non-discriminatory trumps protecting children from violence at school?
Sounds like the reaction recommended is one that will not provoke any further actions by the refugees, behaviour that many communities have adopted in the face of Muslim immigration. Already we are taking this role from the beginning, rather than letting these children and their parents know that violent behaviour of this sort will simply not be tolerated here in Canada.
Shouldn't that be the superintendent's first message?