June 6, 2021
Re: Vandalism Incident at Sacred Heart, Guelph
On June 5, we became aware there had been an act of vandalism at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Guelph. It was reported that a Pride Flag, which was at half-mast below the Canadian National Flag, had been torn or cut off sometime early Saturday morning. Reports of the incident circulated on social media and on local media outlets.
Guelph Police Services were notified immediately of the incident and we have been working with them in their investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Emily Richardson at 519-824-1212 ext 7486, email her at [email protected], leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at .
While we cannot presume to know the intent of the individuals involved in this incident, we know this has been very hurtful to members of our community. The Pride Flag was raised this year as a clear sign that our LGBTQ2+ students are loved, accepted and welcomed in our schools. Through Christ’s word and example, we know that we are all wonderfully made in God’s image and are all deserving of respect. We stand in support of our LGBTQ2+ students and staff and are committed to our focus on equity and inclusion in our schools.
The flag will be replaced as soon as possible and we will continue to demonstrate our support.
This act of vandalism has shone a light on the challenges that still exist in our community and the desire to seek change. We are thankful for the support received from our staff and the community in response to this incident.
Director of Education