Wednesday, May 9, 2018

These Toronto high-schoolers are walking out of class for tougher action on teachers who sexually touch students

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Students at least three Toronto high schools plan to walk out of class this Friday to demand the provincial government take action to protect students from teachers who engage in sexual abuse or misconduct.

The protest will happen days after the province changed the law to revoke the licences of teachers who grope or sexually touch their students, following a Star investigation into abusive teachers that had been transferred from school to school.

That change is long overdue, but not enough, Harbord Collegiate Institute student Sara Escallon-Sotomayor, 16, told the Star on Wednesday.

“There are still some things that are lacking in legislation that we think are necessary to make schools a safer environment,” she said.

Escallon-Sotomayor was among a group of students from Harbord who mobilized around a homegrown movement called Not Just Rumours, after a Star investigation probed the case of a Harbord teacher alleged to have engaged in “sexualized behaviour” for years.  (more...)


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