Catholic school now allowing girls to do gay rights project
'The girls will be welcome to present their project at the social justice fair,' Catholic school board says
The principal at a Catholic school near Tunney's Pasture is now allowing two Grade 6 girls to present a social justice fair project on gay rights.
"The girls will be doing a project on how the topic of gay rights is addressed by a Catholic high school’s equity club," the Ottawa Catholic School Board wrote in an emailed statement.
"The girls will be welcome to present their project at the social justice fair."
School didn't approve of project in November
The girls are Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton. Their mothers, Ann Maloney and Katherine Hamilton, went public in late November with the school's decision not to allow the project.
The following day, the school board said it would meet with the children and their parents to discuss the project.
"One person can make change because they came up against a roadblock and took some action and they were able to change the way people think," said Ann Maloney on Tuesday.
"I think that's a pretty powerful feeling for them to have at such a young age."
'I can't wait to start it,' student says
Maloney said she's been getting messages from other parents, some positive and others "very unpleasant" and critical.
Her daughter Quinn, meanwhile, is anxious to get started on the project.
"I can't wait to start it. I just want to start it now because I'm just so happy," she said.
The Hamiltons weren't available for an interview, but said they're pleased with the school's reversal.
"I think here they've just been able to come to an understanding around the age-appropriateness of where the presentation goes, and provide some guidelines around issues like that, that were a cause for concern," said Julian Hanlon, the Catholic school board's director of education, on Tuesday.