Video of fight with Syr­ian, Cana­dian stu­dents sparks protest

Cape Breton Post - - News -

RED DEER, Alta. — Ed­u­ca­tors and RCMP are try­ing to keep the peace at a cen­tral Al­berta school af­ter some­one posted a video on so­cial me­dia of a fight be­tween a small group of Syr­ian and Cana­dian stu­dents.

The scuf­fle out­side Lind­say Thurber Com­pre­hen­sive High School last week at­tracted on­line com­ments ac­cus­ing the im­mi­grants of whip­ping stu­dents and ac­cus­ing school of­fi­cials of not dis­ci­plin­ing the Syr­i­ans.

More than a dozen peo­ple showed up at the school park­ing lot today to protest, in­clud­ing an anti-Mus­lim group called World­wide Coali­tion Against Is­lam. Prin­ci­pal Dan Lower says all the stu­dents in­volved in the fight — four Syr­i­ans and four Cana­di­ans — have been sus­pended for one week. Lower says the protesters have no con­nec­tion to the school, Moun­ties are on hand as a pre­cau­tion and reg­u­lar classes are un­der­way. He says stu­dents and par­ents have been told the fight has been blown out of pro­por­tion by peo­ple on so­cial me­dia.

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