FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is expressing his support for the students who were suspended from Fredericton High School last week.
“I find the way these young women have been treated is disgraceful,” Cardy said. “It is unfathomable that they were suspended just because they expressed displeasure with school policy.”
“Forcing our youth to conform to outdated ideas is short-sighted,” Cardy said. “We need to encourage tomorrow’s leaders, and engage with them, not punish them.”
“Suspending these young women from extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year could damage their futures,” Cardy said. “What is even more worrying is that female participants in the protests seem to have been punished without the young men receiving the same treatment. This shows the importance of the discussion around the dress code,” Cardy said. “We strongly encourage the administration to rethink its position.”
“You can’t bar someone from re-entering a school simply because they walked outside to peacefully protest,” Cardy said.