Letter: Saddened by treatment of student who was visiting Kamloops


I am writing to express my disappointment in a few residents of Kamloops.

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We have a student who is attending Thompson Rivers University’s English immersion program.

He arrived in January and has been attending his classes and getting to know Kamloops.

Recently, he and some friends decided to go downtown for dinner. While waiting at the bus stop to come home, they were treated horribly.

Some young men yelled racial slurs, made faces and then came closer to the group, barking like a dog.

When our student arrived home, he was upset and visually shaken. I cannot believe this happened in our city.

This young man has worked very hard to come to Kamloops and attend the month-long program. He is thrilled to be in Canada.

But to be faced with this horrible treatment on his third day here has certainly dampened his enthusiasm for our city.

His comment to us was, “I knew this would happen if I went to the U.S., but didn’t expect it in Canada.”

I realize these men represent only a few people in a good city.

But it saddens me that this incident will be a memory our student has of his trip to Canada.

During the remainder of his stay, I certainly hope he meets people who truly represent what it means to be a Canadian.

Erin Ellwood

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