Field trip turns sour over poppies

Posted By: Laura Casella · 11/9/2012 11:20:00 AM

What was supposed to be a fun field trip for grades 3 and 4 students from St-Lawrence Academy in Lasalle turned sour when a couple of employees of the Olympic Installations Board made some rude and inappropriate comments about their poppies.

Lynn Dallaire says every year she picks up poppies for her students for Rememberance Day as well as little Canadian flag pins which they use to hold the poppies in place.

She says earlier this week they went on a field trip to the Olympic Stadium and everything was fine up until the point they were about to leave. She says a couple of animators started making comments about the students' poppies, specfically referring to the flags in the centre.

"They were making comments like, 'it's sacrilege, the Canadian flag!' and 'ils sont ou les anglos,'" she says. 

That is when another teacher who spoke French told the workers to stop making such inappropriate comments in front of children. But she says the animators kept going.

The teachers made a complaint with their supervisor, who later apologized, said it was a joke, and that it wouldn't happen again. A rather unsatisfying response for Dallaire and her colleagues.

"You don't joke around with things like that."

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