Principal returns after Catholic school controversy
A Roman Catholic school principal is back on the job after being placed on leave for allegedly offering credits to students to attend a pro-life rally.
David Hood, principal at Christ the King, a K-Grade 8 school in the city's St. Vital neighbourhood, was asked to stay home nine days ago as the board of directors reviewed the incident. An Oct. 24 letter to parents from the school board, local pastor and archbishop asks for their co-operation in re-establishing trust within the school.
The letter says Hood has resumed duties as principal and the school will seek ways to promote respect for human life in a way that is age-appropriate for youngsters.
Robert Praznik, director of education at the Archdiocese of Winnipeg Catholic Schools said Hood agreed to give students credit for attending the 40 Days for Life campaign, an international event against abortion.
In 2010, pro-life supporters in 238 locations around the world took part in 40 consecutive days of prayer and fasting and round-the-clock protest at abortion facilities.
Supporters in Winnipeg this year are being asked to pray in front of the Women's Hospital on Notre Dame as part of the campaign, which runs from Sept. 28 to Nov. 6. At Christ the King, Grade 7 and 8 students are required to do 10 hours of community service for school credit. But the schools in the archdiocese don't sanction such political activities, Praznik said.