The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has decided not to fly any flag for Pride month, following some community backlash.
In a statement they say it's because their flag, "which was intended to send a message of unity and support, has instead led to division."
This is after WCDSB's decision to create their own rendition of the Pride flag started a debate amongst community members.
Some people were also concerned about comments made by a Catholic school board trustee, Greg Reitzel.
The Catholic school board says they are now consulting with the LGBTQ community on ways to celebrate Pride next year.
Here is the full statement from WCDSB:
After receiving feedback from the broader community - but, more importantly, also from some of our students -- it is clear that the WCDSB's decision to fly a provincially developed image on a flag during June, to mark Pride month, which was intended to send a message of unity and support, has instead led to division.
Out of sincere respect for all viewpoints shared, the school board will not fly any flag during Pride month.
The proposed flag will be displayed in school foyers throughout the 2020-21 school year, as the school board consults with the LGBTQ community on next steps leading to Pride Month 2021.