An international student recently left LVR due to comments made about her race by other students, says a letter writer. File photo

LETTER: International student left Nelson after just three weeks

‘I hope (she) has a better experience at her next school’

Today was a sad day. After only being in Nelson for three weeks, our sweet, brave international student decided to leave.

Why? Well it started with a comment she heard just two days after she arrived. She came home from school and said to me “Can I ask you a question? Is it true that people here don’t like Asians?”

Whoa! What? Turns out she had been told by other international students that Nelson kids didn’t like Asian students and that they weren’t welcome here. In the couple of weeks that followed what happened at school only reinforced this belief for her.

So what’s going on? I think it all started a couple of years ago when there was a furor over local kids not getting the classes they needed to graduate or being told there was no space for them at the L V Rogers High School. What followed was an attempt to allocate blame, some of which landed on the international student program. Now, do I think that local kids should have access to all the courses they need to graduate? Absolutely. Do I understand the complexities of how the school board sets budgets or allocates resources? Nope. Do I think for one minute that the kids that come here from abroad should be blamed for issues in our school system? Absolutely not.

Parents, the Nelson kids are getting this from somewhere. How do you talk about these issues at home? Blaming the “other” is something that happens all over the world especially when the local population experiences problems. It’s something we need to be vigilant about preventing here.

So parents, it may seem that teenagers don’t listen, but they’re hearing this from somewhere and are treating people accordingly. I hope our student has a better experience at her next school. She’s just a kid and deserves better.

Tamara Mickel,


Just Posted

PHOTOS: Nelson goes green for Earth Day

Environment friendly initiatives were promoted at the annual event

Forester’s video animation helps explain Nelson’s wildfire risks

John Cathro’s video shows who owns land in and around Nelson

‘Surrounding a community with a fire break won’t help’

RDCK offers fire danger assessments to homeowners

Carfentanil found for first time in Castlegar

Killer opiod found in local illegal drug market

LETTER: 140,000 jobs are at risk

From reader Robert MacCrae

VIDEO: Nelson students paint Parachutes for the Planet

The youth-led initiative lobbies governments for climate change action

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Most Read