Photos on social media were making the rounds Thursday showing spray-painted expletives on the concrete in front of the entrance to Ḗcole au coeur de I’île. (Due to the sensitive nature of the subject, photos have been edited.) Facebook photo.

Comox school targeted by anti-Francophone graffiti

Spray-painted expletives were found at Ḗcole au coeur de I’île

A school in Comox was the target of vandalism sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Photos on social media were making the rounds Thursday showing spray-painted expletives on the concrete in front of the entrance to École au coeur de I’île, as well as the front doors.

“It is deplorable in 2020 to see that events like the one that took place yesterday can still happen,” said Michel St-Amand, superintendent for Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, the province’s French school division, in an email.

“This isolated incident in no way represents the relationship we have with the Comox community. It is an opportunity in education to continue the conversation about tolerance and mutual respect.”

Reaction online condemned the tagging, with parents noting the school has video surveillance at the entrance and saying they hope the vandals will be caught.

Comox Valley RCMP are asking anyone in the area who might have seen something suspicious or who has information is asked to call RCMP at 250-338-1321 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

RELATED: Cooks Restaurant targeted with graffiti in Cumberland

Late Friday, the provincial government issued a statement condemning the “hateful” and “racist” messages, saying counsellors will be available at the school.



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