Mother and son receive apology from Edmonton Catholic Schools for do-rag feud


CBC NEWS — Eight months after an 11-year-old Edmonton boy wore a do-rag to school, prompting questions about his possible gang affiliation, the boy’s mother has accepted an apology from the Edmonton Catholic School Board.

Last September, the boy was asked to take off his do-rag at his school, Christ the King Catholic Elementary. A school adviser connected it to gang affiliation, sparking the months-long protest by his mother and community supporters.

“We recognize that it is inappropriate to associate [do-rags] with gang affiliation without there being any other indication of gang affiliation,” states the apology, which was posted this week to a Facebook page called Justice for Emmell.

“We will continue to review our dress code policy, and as part of that review will commit to include further discussions as to the inclusion and acceptance of culturally significant garments including [do-rags].”

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