Peel District School Board investigates after teacher allegedly shares racist post on Instagram
'This matter is being taken very seriously by senior leadership,' board says
The post contains a photo of a black student with braided hair next to a photo of Marlon Wayans from the 1996 comedy film Don't Be a Menace to South Central While You're Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and the caption "Who rocked it better?? LOLOLOL"
The board says it learned about the post when it was shared as a screengrab on Twitter.
"We became concerned, as this behaviour is simply unacceptable," Carla Pereira, director of communications and community relations for the Peel District School Board, told CBC Toronto in a statement.
For the duration of the investigation, the teacher will be "assigned home" and cannot contact students or staff.
The teacher's alleged Instagram post has drawn significant outrage on social media since it was shared on Twitter.
The school board stresses that it is taking the matter seriously.
"We don't yet know how long the investigation will take or what the outcome will be, as we're just getting started, but want to assure our community that this matter is being taken very seriously by senior leadership of the Peel board," Pereira said.