Ontario's "zero tolerance" policy for disciplining students is open to bias against the disabled and racial minorities according to Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Keith Norton.
Do you feel there is confusion and subjectivity in this policy?
"Principals and teachers are receiving two contradictory messages, one advocating `zero tolerance' and prescribing `mandatory' action and the other directing them to apply mitigating factors," according to a commission report.
There is some evidence "mitigating factors" aren't sufficiently recognized for disabled students, such as those with Tourette Syndrome and other impulse-control problems.
Are school boards, and their employees held accountable when bias subjects youngsters to unfair punishment?
How can children with Tourette Syndrome in school be assured of fair treatment by teachers and school boards?