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Internal emails on gay project show Ottawa Catholic schools worried more about media than students: critic

An Ottawa Catholic watchdog group is accusing the Ottawa Catholic School Board of being more concerned about their portrayal in the media than acting in the best interest of Catholic students.

The newly-formed Catholic Intelligence Association is making the charge as they reveal the internal correspondence at the highest levels of the board over the media frenzy that ensued two months ago when a principal would not allow two grade six girls to research a project on "gay rights."

Twenty-three pages of email correspondence released to a ratepayer in the OCSB district under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request reveal the board's panic as national mainstream media capitalized on the story of the girls not being allowed to go ahead with their "social justice" project that they said focused on how "rude" it is to "make being gay a bad thing."

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