A Grand Erie District School Board trustee says she is being vilified after the board announced on Oct. 2 that she had resigned over a Facebook post about Orange Shirt Day.
“This is wild,” Christina Speers, who is the trustee for Brant County and Wards 3 and 7 of Norfolk County, said in an interview on the weekend. “It’s a smear campaign.”
The board announced in a news release that Speers, elected in 2018 to a four-year term, had tendered her resignation effective immediately following her Facebook post on Sept. 30 “minimizing the significance of Orange Shirt Day.”
Speers had posted an explanation of why she and her children weren’t wearing orange shirts on Sept. 30, saying kids are being burdened with too many stressful stories at school.
Orange Shirt Day was launched in 2013 to commemorate the experiences of residential school students and commit to learning more about the history of the schools, such as the former Mohawk Institute in Brantford.