Former student calls Sask. government to increase oversight of private schools
A former student of a private Christian school in Regina is calling for increased oversight of these institutions across the province.
This follows similar requests from dozens of former students at a private Christian school in Saskatoon in recent months.
“I hope that by sharing my story, it will bring about a meaningful change that will hopefully save students who are in a similar position to me,” said Cody Hamilton, who attended a private Regina Christian school a decade ago.
Hamilton said the director found out he was gay and made him feel bad. He said he almost killed himself.
Hamilton was at the provincial legislature on Thursday with opposition education critic Matt Love. Hamilton said he wants the provincial government to ensure that all schools respect human rights.
“I think something clearly needs to be done to bring about change and prevent this from happening to other students,” he said.
Hamilton’s comments come in response to allegations of abuse by dozens of former students of Saskatoon’s Legacy Christian Academy. They have launched a proposed $25 million lawsuit and filed complaints with the police about multiple forms of abuse.
Education Minister Dustin Duncan says oversight has increased since Hamilton was a student, saying creating a safe learning environment is a top priority.
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