Human-rights tribunal probing student’s complaints of homophobic discrimination

A Toronto-area teenager who alleges repeated homophobic discrimination at his Catholic high school feels he is “winning” now that a rights tribunal is looking into his complaints.

Christoper Karas said he submitted a complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal listing more than 35 allegations, including teachers who marginalized gays in the classroom and a teacher who facilitated his shunning by some fellow students on a class trip.

“I think the way [the school board] responded to my human-rights-tribunal application is a lot like the way they’ve responded to me,” the Grade 12 student at École Secondaire Catholique Sainte-Famille in Mississauga said Sunday afternoon. “They’ve rejected what I’ve said. They haven’t tried to constructively address the issues…”