Montreal massacre victims’ memorial defaced with ‘misogynistic messages’

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Montreal massacre victims’ memorial defaced with ‘misogynistic messages’

A display at an adult alternative school in Scarborough honouring the female victims killed in the Montreal Massacre 30 years ago was defaced with “misogynistic messages” earlier this week.

Now Toronto Police are investigating what at best is a case of mischief and at worst is a hate crime, the Sun has learned.

“At the beginning of this week, a temporary message board was set up in the lobby of the Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies as part of a display to mark the 30th anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique tragedy,” Toronto District School Board spokesman Ryan Bird explained Friday.

“After school ended on Tuesday, staff were alerted to misogynistic messages that had been written on the board,” he said. “This kind of language is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any TDSB school.”

Police confirmed the troubling incident was reported Wednesday by the principal from SCAS — a school on Midland Ave., south of Eglinton Ave. E., offering educational opportunities and programs to students over 18.

“A group of males were allegedly seen writing on the remembrance sign,” Const. Victor Kwong said. “Officers went to the school and saw there were words written in Arabic and in English.”

The English words included “b——” and “f—,” he said.

A Sun source alleges the Arabic writing included the words “slut” and “whore.”

Four suspects have been identified but as of Friday no charges had been laid.

The investigation is ongoing and Kwong said the Hate Crimes Unit may look at the case.

The attack at Ecole Polytechnique saw 14 women killed — 13 shot, one stabbed to death — and another 14 people injured before mass murderer Marc Lepine ended his own life on Dec. 6, 1989.

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