go back to where you came from

Woman apologizes for telling B.C. teens to go back to where they came from

A woman who told two B.C. teenagers to "go back to where you came from" in a racist altercation on Sunday is now apologizing for her words, saying that they don't reflect her beliefs.

Speaking with CTV News, Andrea Tylczak said that she's ashamed of her words and behaviour.

"They said some things that triggered me, and it made me angry," Tylczak explains. "I said some things that I shouldn't have."

Tylczak confronted the two teenagers for picking a berry bush at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam, B.C.

She asked the two teenagers to stop "wrecking" the park before the confrontation escalated into the racist insult.

"It was not about any underlying bias," Tylczak explained to CTV. "The whole thing was a bad mistake, and I deeply, deeply regret it. That's what I would like to say to them, and to anyone who saw the video."

She added that her comment "does not reflect my beliefs in any way."

All three women involved in the incident are Canadian citizens, but ironically, Tylczak is the only immigrant; in the video, she reveals that she was born in the U.S. before moving to Canada.

Elika Gholizadeh told CTV News that she and her friend, who are both of Persian descent, decided to share the video to show that acts of racism do happen in Canada.

"People shouldn't be able to just treat people that way and talk to people that way for something like the colour of their skin," she said.

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