Parents plan to challenge sex-education changes before Ontario human rights tribunal

A group of parents say they plan to challenge the province's sex-education changes before the Ontario human rights tribunal.

A lawyer representing the six families says the government's decision to repeal the new curriculum discriminates against LGBTQ students.

Mika Imai tells CKTB's Larry Fedoruk she hopes to expedite the challenge to have it heard before the new school year.

"It's been amazing talking to these parents. It's incredibly inspiring how much they have advocated for their children and their children have been advocating for themselves. And they shouldn't have to be in that position. We should be able to rely on schools to teach in accordance to the Ontario Human Rights Code and insure that students aren't discriminated [against] when they are at school, which is where they spend much of their day and where they learn life lessons."

Education Minister Lisa Thompson defends the 1998 curriculum that's being put back in place saying it's adequate to prepare students for "the realities of today.'' 

The District School Board of Niagara has told CKTB they haven't received direction from the Ministry so unless something changes they will be teaching the updated, current curriculum.