Belly buttons at issue on 9-11
Sep 13, 2013 / 11:00 am
This week marked the 12th anniversary of 9/11, a tragic event that is till routinely remembered by people all over North America.
A Kelowna High school held an assembly that day, but what might surprise you was the assembly had nothing to do with 9-11 but rather the ‘inappropriate’ attire of some of the students.
The concerned parent of a Kelowna Secondary School student, ‘M’, as we will call her to protect the identity of her child, was not impressed.
“I have to say that I was not surprised when I was told that KSS had an assembly. I was however surprised to hear that it was to discuss how the girls should not be showing off their belly buttons in school," says 'M'.
"I am sure they mentioned that a girl wearing a shirt that exposes your belly button is not an invitation or a request for guys to jump said girl, nope, didn’t mention that . Maybe they mentioned how important it is to remember the events of 9-11 and learn from them, nope didn't mention that either.”
According to M at no point during the assembly did they acknowledge that it was, in fact, 9-11.
“If you were going to have an assembly why would you not at least acknowledge the day? I would hope that we would teach our children that it doesn't matter if it happened here, overseas, or in the US almost 3,000 people died during one tragic event,” adds 'M'.
To which the school board says tragic things happen every day.
"There are a significant number of international tragedies in the world that have happened and we wouldn’t necessarily recognize them all," says SD23 Superintendent, Hugh Gloster.
"We have established dates that we do recognize like Remembrance Day, but we wouldn’t automatically acknowledge every tragic event from history that has happened because we are also holding a different assembly that day.”
School principal, Vianne Kintzinger, says it’s the beginning of the school year and information assemblies are protocol.
“We have information pieces we have to get out to kids , so you know when it comes to ‘start-up beginning of the year assemblies’ it was not our intent to be disrespectful. It didn’t even cross anyone’s minds to be frank when we called the assembly," says Kintzinger.
However parent 'M' feels it is their duty to acknowledge the day.
“They are in classrooms teach! Teach them empathy - teach them that it's not just something that happened 12 years ago. The events of 9-11 were life altering events, not just for individuals but for nations, several nations. And for those who feel 'It didn't happen here' well here's some stats for you. Twenty-four Canadians died that day.”
To which Gloster responds, “It’s not that we would downplay the significance or importance of historical event, those are dealt with in other contexts like in social studies and history classes etc.”
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