Luc Cagadoc, the Filipino-Canadian boy, who got reprimanded by school teachers in Canada, in 2006, can now eat again with his spoon and fork, just like most Filipinos, without fearing about what people of other ethnic groups may say.
Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal has ordered two educators of Lalande School (Luc’s former school), in Montreal’s Roxboro district, to pay $17,000 in damages to the Cagadoc family. It was Maria Gallardo-Cagadoc, the boy’s mother, who fought incessantly for the boys rights, and the Filipino culture of eating with a spoon and fork at the same time. The family’s triumph is an example of social and environmental justice well served. In a multicultural society, racism has no place.