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Canadian Man Receives Apology For High School Yearbook’s Anti-Gay Slur 42 Years Late

After 42 years a Vancouver, British Columbia man has finally received an apology for the gay slur “fag” which was published in his high school yearbook.

Robin Tomlin  has received a letter of apology from the North Vancouver School District for a homophobic slur that was printed in his high school yearbook more than four decades ago.

Via CBC News

I am writing to formally provide you with a sincere apology on behalf of the entire North Vancouver School District,” says a letter sent to Robin Tomlin on Oct. 4 and signed by John Lewis, the district’s superintendent of schools.

Tomlin has been haunted for years after his high school yearbook committee printed the word “fag” next to his picture in the 1970 Argyle Secondary School yearbook.

Tomlin isn’t gay, but he says the slur stuck and he was badly bullied in school. He says he was even too afraid to go to his school prom for fear of being beaten up and eventually moved out of the area to start a new life.


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