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Members of the Gillam community in northern Manitoba demonstrated Thursday and Friday outside the local school to demand the removal of the school's vice-principal following a controversial allegation of a search on a 12 year old student.


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Parents of Gillam, in Northern Manitoba are angry after a student's mother alleged her 12-year-old daughter was ordered to pull down her pants during a search at school.

The student is from the Fox Lake Cree Nation, near Gillam.

According to the advocacy group Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), on November 8, Gillam school staff accused three girls of smoking in the bathroom.

The three students were sent to the vice principal's office, where they were asked to empty their pockets and remove their boots .

When the search turned up nothing, two of the students were released, but the 12-year-old girl was asked to stay.

Her mother Juanita Massan claims the school's vice principal asked her daughter to drop her pants to mid-thigh, an allegation the school strongly denies.

However, the student's mother requests the immediate dismissal of the vice-principal.

In solidarity, the girl's family and community members protested outside the school on Thursday, leading to the school's closure ;school for the day.

Protests continued Friday, but the school was reopened.

A petition was also launched to have the school's vice principal removed from her position.

The petition has garnered around 200 signatures at today and Ms. Massan said protests outside the school will continue until she leaves.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in an email that they had conducted an investigation, but that no charges were being considered.

According to Frontier School Division Superintendent Reg Klassen, the vice-principal continues in her role because after the investigation there was no reason for her to #x27;she's leaving school or she's on administrative leave.

This happened in 30 seconds about and she [the student] was allowed to leave, and that's it, because they didn't find anything, he claims.

Mr. Klassen hopes to meet with the family next week to resolve the issue.

We are not opposed to having this conversation and moving things forward. ;a positive way.

With information from Zubina Ahmed

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116