Opposing groups rallied and clashed Wednesday as protests were held in the Comox Valley and across the country against SOGI policies in schools.
A protest was held outside of the School District 71 board offices in downtown Courtenay, while Harmston Park was the site of a counter protest.
The protest held outside the board offices held signs protesting the teaching of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity rights in school systems instead of academic classes.
Protestor Alain Lepine said the group was there to protest the teachings in school, which they feel is being put in too early for elementary students and that he does not want that for his children in the school system.
A letter from School District 46 on the Sunshine Coast says SOGI aims to provide an inclusive and safe environment for students, staff, families and the community.
They add they agreement adopted in 2012 and 2020 aligns their values with the Canadian Human Rights Act, the B.C. Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Meanwhile, a counter protest held in Harmston Park saw supporters of the program in schools gather for a rally.
Speaker Ingrid Brown said the protests being seen are the result of fear and we are experiencing a ripple of fear bubbling up. She adds that people are loved no matter where they go on the planet.
The two groups met briefly in front of the School District office while marching, and a lengthy exchange of words was heard but peace was held.