IIAE-R-2: Hate Crimes and Propaganda

I: Instructional


The following procedures deal with hate propaganda directed at groups or individuals that are not defined in Sections 318 and 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada, such as those distinguished by  gender, or mental and physical ability. 

Incidents involving hate propaganda directed at these groups may fall outside the provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and, therefore, any prosecution would have to take place under harassment, nuisance and/or trespassing provisions of relevant legislation. 

Duty to Report Hate Propaganda 

Employees who find hate propaganda in any form on school board property are required to report it immediately to the proper authority. 

In the case of graffiti found on school property, it should be reported to the principal and/or person responsible for the site where the graffiti is found.  The person to whom the graffiti is reported will immediately contact the associate superintendent - area and the Manager of Maintenance and Construction .  In the case of incidents that become frequent and persistent, the City Police must be contacted.  The principal or person responsible for the site, will arrange for the school engineer or a maintenance and construction  employee to have the graffiti photographed and documented.  The engineer will then remove the graffiti immediately or arrange for its removal by contacting a maintenance and construction employee. 

Leaflets and posters  found on school property should be reported to the principal and/or person responsible for the site where the hate propaganda has been displayed, left, or discovered.  If at all possible, the material should not be touched.  In the case where the City Police are involved, anyone required to handle such material should take precautions to ensure that evidence such as fingerprints is not destroyed before the material can be inspected by the police.

Co-operating with the Investigation 

In the case where the City Police are involved, employees who witness the distribution of hate propaganda or who find it on a school site are required to fully co-operate with the investigating officers.  Of particular importance to the police in pursuing an investigation

are descriptions of persons who have been seen distributing literature or writing graffiti, and/or the licence number and description of the vehicle(s) used to leave the site. 

Employees should not attempt to confront or challenge anyone communicating hate propaganda.  If such an activity is underway on a school site, employees should call the emergency number 911 with details and then report it to the principal or person responsible for the site. 

If hate propaganda is left in the form of a message on a telephone answering machine, the message should not be erased.  The tape should be retained and handed over to the police. 

Reporting Hate Propaganda Incidents to the Associate Superintendent 

A principal or person responsible for a school site is required to prepare a brief report on each incident involving hate propaganda and submit it to the associate superintendent  - area. 

The report will include a description of the type of hate propaganda that was found, the procedures involved in handling the propaganda, and the actions taken by the police if they were involved. 

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS

Adopted Date: 
Tuesday February 12, 1991
Revision Date: 
Sep 1994
Feb 1996
Jan 1999
Jan 2005