Students suspended for offensive weather-related tweets

(REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files)

(REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

TORONTO - An undisclosed number of Peel Region students have been suspended following offensive tweets this week, the Peel District School Board confirmed Wednesday.

“I can confirm that there have been suspensions, but not how many,” said school board spokesman Carla Pereira.

The board won’t reveal the number of suspensions handed out “only because it may identify the students,” she added.

Boards often catch flak when it comes to making decisions about keeping schools open on snowy days.

The Peel board and the Toronto District School Board were blasted online by students who were upset that schools remained open during Tuesday’s -25 C weather. Several tweets with crude language were later deleted or hidden as students privatized their accounts or realized their tweets had gained traction.

But the tweets that appeared on Monday and Tuesday were the worst, said Brian Woodland, of Peel’s board, which has schools in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.

“I think this is the worst we’ve seen in terms of both the number and also the kinds of things that were said,” he added.


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