Nova Scotia

Confederate flag, noose incident dealt with properly, says Nova Scotia education minister

Education Minister Karen Casey says the incidents at a South Shore Regional School Board school were a "teachable moment."

Karen Casey says incident were a 'teachable moment' at South Shore school

Education Minister Karen Casey says incidents involving a noose and the Confederate flag have been handled properly by the South Shore Regional School Board. (CBC )

Education Minister Karen Casey says the South Shore School Regional School Board dealt properly with incidents involving the Confederate flag and what appeared to be a noose hung on a black teacher's classroom door.

Casey said it was a "teachable moment."

"I believe the board staff have recognized that as well and have taken it from an unfortunate situation into something that can be constructive," she said.

"They are working with and providing information sessions for their students.

Using freedom of information laws, CBC News obtained emails from the South Shore Regional School Board concerning the incidents, which began in the fall of 2015.

Multiple sources, including the emails, confirmed the Confederate flag was displayed on a student's vehicle in a school parking lot beginning before Christmas.

The flag incidents occurred repeatedly over a period of months. The noose was hung on the teacher's door some time before late February.

Interviewed on Tuesday, Casey said she was aware of the incidents before they were reported by CBC News on Saturday.

"We were also aware of what the board was doing to try to respond."

CBC News has learned that one student was disciplined. The school board has not disclosed what the disciplinary measure was or the identity of the student. It has declined to comment on what it calls a "personnel matter."