WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg high school teacher who’s being accused of making racist comments on his Facebook page is now on unpaid leave.
Brad Badiuk had been on paid leave from Kelvington high school since the Facebook postings became public on Dec. 8.
The comments, posted under Badiuk’s account, accused First Nations people of being lazy and seeking free money from non-aboriginals.
Some of the comments were directed specifically at Nepinak and suggested he wanted to “get his hands” on other people’s money.
The Winnipeg School Division has not publicly identified the teacher or the teacher’s school.
School board chairman Mark Wasyliw said Wednesday that an internal investigation “progressed to the point where a decision was made that the staff member would no longer be on paid leave.”
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak filed a lawsuit against Badiuk earlier this month alleging defamation against an entire race of people.
The Manitoba Teachers’ Society would not comment Wednesday on the change from paid to unpaid leave.