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Football team lights candles to mark massacre

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It wasn’t the standard drill for the Sisler High School football team.

Rather than donning helmets and scoring touchdowns, 14 members of the team were lighting candles Monday morning to mark the 21st anniversary of the massacre at Ecole Polytechnique, the Montreal engineering school where Marc Lepine murdered 14 women.

“It’s the perfect way to end (white ribbon week),” said Matthew Schiak, a 17-year-old student and quarterback “We get the whole school involved and we get to see members of the parliament.’’

Schiak said he was honoured to speak at the ceremony as he talked about the importance of raising awareness about violence against women.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 6/12/2010 (3087 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

It wasn’t the standard drill for the Sisler High School football team.

Rather than donning helmets and scoring touchdowns, 14 members of the team were lighting candles Monday morning to mark the 21st anniversary of the massacre at Ecole Polytechnique, the Montreal engineering school where Marc Lepine murdered 14 women.

"It’s the perfect way to end (white ribbon week)," said Matthew Schiak, a 17-year-old student and quarterback "We get the whole school involved and we get to see members of the parliament.’’

Schiak said he was honoured to speak at the ceremony as he talked about the importance of raising awareness about violence against women.

"I’m speaking today and it’s something that we’ve been doing for 20 years," said Schiak. "It’s something that we really need to promote and I think that it’s something that shouldn’t be ignored."

Sisler’s "white ribbon week," doesn’t just serve as a reminder of that tragic day in 1989, it also helps students identify some of the rights that women are entitled to like safe spaces and healthy relationships with their partners.

"There are various readings related to the issue of violence against women," said Jack Parker, one of the teachers who spoke at the ceremony.

"It’s a week-long thing. Even though we do [informational] readings throughout the whole week over the intercom, we want to challenge men to take a stand about violence against women. This type of thing isn’t gone by any stretch. These women aren’t nameless people, these could be our sisters or our mothers or our girlfriends."

breanne.massey@freepress.mb.ca

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