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2012-02-14 at 11:54

Infamous haircut that led to human rights complaint settled

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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

A settlement has been reached in a haircutting incident that grabbed national headlines nearly three years ago.

An education assistant cut the hair of a First Nations boy at McKellar Park School in April 2009. A police investigation and Crown attorney ruled that no criminal charged would be laid.

That decision led to members of the Lakehead Public School Board, Thunder Bay Police Services, and the Ministry of the Attorney General being named in a human rights case with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Julian Falconer, a lawyer who represented the boy’s family, said the matter has been settled but the terms of the settlement are confidential.

“The matter has been settled to the satisfaction of all parties,” Falconer said Tuesday morning.

In 2010, Falconer had said the family viewed the incident as an assault and that the police and Crown’s handling of the case showed" callous disrespect” of First Nations people.

Lakehead Public Schools spokesman Bruce Nugent echoed Falconer's statement, saying there was little more he could say because of confidentiality rules.

 


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