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Toronto Principal Took Own Life After Being Called Racist in Alleged Workplace Bullying Campaign

A principal took his own life amid a lawsuit claiming he was called racist and a “white supremacist” after saying Canada was not racist

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An investigation has been launched following the suicide of Richard Bilkszto, a respected Toronto school principal, who took his own life amid an alleged workplace “bullying” campaign in which he was accused of racism.

Richard Bilkszto, aged 60, had recently filed a lawsuit against the Toronto District School Board, according to the New York Post, alleging emotional distress resulting from a hostile work environment that he attributes to his involvement in anti-racism training. His lawsuit claimed the person behind equity firm KOJO institute “said that Canada was racist and has “never reckoned with its anti-Black history.”

Bilkszto disagreed and challenged the comments, at which time he claimed he was “condemned for appearing to undermine a black woman,” according to the Post. Bilkszto also claimed he was called a “white supremacist” for sharing his beliefs that Canada was not an inherently racist country.

The allegations raised by Bilkszto against the Toronto District School Board have gained attention and concern. Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce has referred to them as “serious and disturbing” and has requested an examination of the circumstances surrounding his death.

The Toronto District School Board has announced its own internal investigation into the matter. However, some critics argue that an independent review is necessary to ensure transparency and impartiality. KOJO Institute leader Kike Ojo-Thompson said she welcomed the investigation.

Although the specific details of the alleged bullying and harassment are yet to be fully disclosed, the case has raised important questions about the well-being of educators and the responsibility of educational institutions to ensure a safe and supportive environment for their staff.

Bilkszto’s tragic suicide has sparked outrage and calls for an independent inquiry into his death. Many have expressed their condolences and highlighted the importance of addressing mental health challenges and workplace issues faced by educators.

The loss of Richard Bilkszto is not only a personal tragedy for his family and loved ones but also a wake-up call for the education system to address the issue of workplace bullying and its impact on educators’ mental health. It underscores the need for comprehensive support systems and proactive measures to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.

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Analise Morrow
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    Bret

    July 31, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Bullying is for children. As an adult You are either a dick or a wimp. If there is crime here then have them arrested. We really need to go back to beating someone’s ass when they deserve it. You know, a little toxic masculinity.

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      Cheyenne

      July 31, 2023 at 11:40 pm

      I wonder if the woman in question is satisfied with this tragic outcome…..
      Smh.

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