At least one elementary school in one of the wokest school boards in Ontario has decided to engage in some tough love this Valentine’s Day.

According to a social media post from early this week, provided to True North, Kitchener’s Jean Steckle Public School has informed parents that their kids will not be permitted to hand out Valentines on Feb. 14.

The post – on a private Facebook page – expressed parent Stephanie Robinson’s disappointment with the decision:

“I have to say I’m pretty disappointed with the decision for not allowing the kids to hand out valentine cards. I know these topics are like walking on eggshells and I mean no disrespect to anyone. But I received an email from the admin at the school that I thought I would share in case anyone else wanted to express their disappointment.” 

Tamara Schmelzle, the school’s vice-principal, has made it pretty clear she’s a fan of radical Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) education director Jeewan Chanicka.

Chanicka and the board’s woke trustees have repeatedly come under fire for asking students as young as nine years old their sexual orientation and gender in surveys and for their defence of the highly sexualized books contained in elementary school libraries.

While the memo was not made available to True North, the comments accompanying the posting alluded to concerns about inclusivity – that some kids would be left out because their families can’t afford Valentines. 

Parents were told their kids would be permitted to give out their Valentines before or after school.

Forget about being creative and suggesting that they either make them at home or in class.

The Facebook posting had received 101 comments as of Tuesday evening, most expressing disgust that yet another fun activity was being cancelled by woke school officials.

Two parents suggested they send Schmelzle Valentine’s Day cards. Others said they’d send Valentines anyways.

Another parent said the board has taken away the Lord’s prayer, concerts, Christmas, bringing in treats on their kids’ birthdays and on Hallowe’en and “now no Valentine’s Day?” 

One other parent felt it quite sad to cancel Valentine’s Day – that the world is a crazy place to live in right now and kids should be permitted to have some fun for one day.

“Our kids are only young for such a short period of time.… Valentine cards are cute and it’s a special day to tell your friends and classmates you care and appreciate them,” said the poster. “I remember doing it as a child and still have the cards.”

Schmelzle did not respond to a request for comment.

Trustee Cindy Watson said she only knows of one school so far that has taken this approach.

She also expressed regret with the idea.

She said she grew up in the system and always saw Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to share how much classmates cared for each other. Besides, Watson said, many children enjoy exchanging Valentines.

“I’ve heard numerous concerns from parents and from teachers who shared that all the fun traditions – Valentines, Easter, Christmas are being eliminated from the classroom,” she said.

Yet in the board, under Chanicka’s watch, elementary children are repeatedly being fed woke nonsense about gender ideology and sexual orientation. 

They are asked whether they are trans or queer before they even understand sexuality. They are told they can change their pronouns and their parents don’t have to find out.

But something as innocent as passing out Valentines is considered a threat to inclusivity.

What a crazy world we are living in. These poor students are the guinea pigs for the woke mob.


  • Sue-Ann Levy

    A two-time investigative reporting award winner and nine-time winner of the Toronto Sun’s Readers Choice award for news writer, Sue-Ann Levy made her name for advocating the poor, the homeless, the elderly in long-term care and others without a voice and for fighting against the striking rise in anti-Semitism and the BDS movement across Canada.