Pinoy boy discriminated against for eating with a spoon and fork in Canada school awarded $17k in damages

Eleven year-old Filipino-Canadian Luc Cagadoc was awarded $17,000 in damages after experiencing racial discrimination for eating with a spoon and fork in 2006, reports CBC News.

In 2006, Cagadoc's family filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission when Martine Bertrand, a lunch monitor at the St. Marguerite Bourgeoys school, reprimanded Luc for eating noodles with both utensils. Bertrand reportedly called it "disgusting."

Maria Theresa Gallardo, Luc's mother, went up to Bertrand and explained that it was a normal Filipino practice. When she was met with resistance, Gallardo approached the school principal, Normand Bergeron, who also rejected her plea to allow the boy to eat with both utensils. Bergenon reportedly said that her son "ate like a pig" and that Gallardo should teach her son to eat like other Canadians.

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Gallardo once again returned to the school to talk to Bertrand after the lunch monitor allegedly made derogatory comments against her son for not washing his hands. By that time, the Marguerite-Bourgeoys board issued a letter banning Gallardo from entering school grounds.

Although initially dismissed by the HRC, the Cagadocs brought the case to the tribunal court and won.

"I just felt happy we won the case [but] even though this case is over, I'm always going to remember how I was humiliated and discriminated [against]," Luc told CBC News.

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