The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse will investigate whether children’s rights were respected at Grands-Vents school, where a first-grade teacher was recorded as she made remarks aggressive towards his students.

The Commission specifies that this investigation was opened on “its own initiative” and that it will aim to find out whether the Center de services scolaire des Mille-Îles (CSSMI), “which would have been made aware of the events”, failed to its task of reporting the actions of the teacher to the Direction de la protection de la jeunesse (DPJ).

Last week, Quebecor broadcast recordings where we hear a first-grade teacher from this primary school in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac yelling at her students. Parents said they had repeatedly denounced the situation and that the teacher’s behavior took place over several months.

The CSSMI has launched an administrative investigation, as has the municipal police, which is looking into allegations of physical violence. Both the teacher and the school principal have been suspended.

In a press release issued Monday, the Commission recalls that the Youth Protection Act provides that any employee of an educational establishment has the obligation to report to the DPJ if he “has reasonable cause to believe that the security or development of a child is or may be considered to be in jeopardy […]”.

“The investigation aims to verify whether the alleged facts are true and whether the rights of children have been respected. It also aims to ensure that measures are taken so that such a situation does not happen again,” the Commission further writes.