2 teens arrested in connection with video showing the pride flag on fire


Peel Regional Police have arrested two people in connection with a video that began circulating online displaying a burning pride flag on the ground.

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) and Peel Regional Police have both launched investigations into the video, in which people can be heard laughing as the flag flares up.

Information sent to CityNews alleged that two students at Cawthra Park High School in Mississauga recorded the flag fire and sent the video to members of the school’s LGBTQ2S + community.

Police said they saw the video for the first time on June 8 and called it “motivated by hate”.

After what police described as a full investigation, on June 17, they arrested two 16-year-olds in connection with the incident.

The PDSB said at the time that it was aware of the video and denounced the actions of those involved.

“PDSB and Cawthra Park High School condemn this heinous act of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. We take this very seriously and have opened an investigation, ”the board wrote.

“We recognize the harm that actions like this cause to our students, staff and their families. Such behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Cawthra Park or any school in the PDSB. “

Recent Cawthra Park graduate Thomas Cappadocia is a gay man who says he received the video.

“He was burned on school grounds, by students, sent to another student and that student was threatened,” Cappadocia told 680 NEWS on June 10.

“Nobody cares about the flag itself, a piece of cloth. This is the message that is sent.

Cappadocia says it recognizes the spot on the secondary grounds of Cawthra Park where the flag was burned.

Officers said the Peel Regional Police’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion had been “actively involved” throughout this investigation, adding that their officers took all reports very seriously. incidents and hate crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police.


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