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Pride flag flying over 120 local schools: WRDSB

Last Updated Jun 1, 2018 at 2:57 pm EDT

570 NEWS - Jeff Pickel

June 1st marks the start of Pride Month, and now the rainbow Pride flag is flying high above 120 local schools.

Officials with the Waterloo Region District School Board, trustees and students, and Regional Police gathered Friday morning for the ceremonial raising of the flag.

Vice-Chairperson Ted Martin says it’s important that WRDSB schools are a safe place.

“It is a sign to everyone in our school system – students and staff – that we welcome everybody, and we offer a safe place for everyone.”

Last year, several schools were hit with anti-LGTBQ vandalism after the flags were raised.

Martin says if this happens again, he’a sure the community will respond with┬ápositivity.

“Any time we received negativity about the flag-raising last year .. we had 10-fold, 20-fold positive responses. We had people from within our school system, students and staff, coming forward and telling us how important the flag was .. and also that sentiment came from community members.”

The flags will remain up at all schools until the end of the month.

Last week, both the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo welcomed Pride Month by painting two crosswalks with the rainbow flag, and WRPS raised a rainbow Pride flag at their Cambridge headquarters in late May.