SASKATOON - Today, Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck and Education Critic Matt Love responded to the shocking allegations of abuse at Legacy Christian Academy and called on the Sask. Party government to freeze the school’s provincial funding and reform the oversight of Qualified Independent Schools.
“These are incredibly disturbing allegations. Outwardly anti-LGBTQ2S+ sentiments and violent discipline have no place in our schools,” said Beck. “It’s frankly unacceptable that the Sask. Party feigned ignorance about the alleged culture of abuse at Legacy Christian Academy despite having received shocking complaints from former students. The government should have immediately launched an investigation knowing that the safety and wellbeing of students could be compromised.”
Eighteen former students have already come forward with allegations of physical and psychological abuse. An email exchange between a former student and Education Minister Dustin Duncan's assistant indicates that the minister’s office was aware of the allegations despite claiming earlier this week that they had “not received any complaints regarding LCA since funding for Qualified Independent Schools (QIS) began in 2012”.
“The public education system is being cut to the bone while the Sask. Party is ramping up public spending on Qualified Independent Schools,” said Love. “If the Sask. Party is going to increase investment into this school category, they should at least be ensuring these institutions should at bare minimum uphold the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.”
The Official Opposition calls for an independent investigation into alleged abuse and mistreatment at Legacy Christian Academy, freeze funding to the school, and bolster the oversight of Qualified Independent Schools.