Friday, May 11, 2018

'We are not just rumours': Students walk out to protest sexual misconduct in TDSB schools

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Students chanted outside Harbord Collegiate Institute Friday during a walkout to protest against the way the school handles allegations of sexual abuse involving staff and students.

"We are breaking the silence over sexual misconduct in schools to make sure that no student ever has to experience what we have experienced," said one student as her voice boomed through a speaker. "Our voices are not just rumours and we are not just rumours."

The students walked out of classes at the high school, located near Bathurst and Harbord streets, following multiple allegations that a staff member sexually harassed students. Students at several other high schools across the city staged walk outs, as well, to support the growing Not Just Rumours movement.

"While we encourage students to express their views in a respectful and responsible manner, we're also trying to ensure that they do so safely," said TSDB spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz in a statement to CBC Toronto, adding that the accused teacher has been put on home assignment pending a board investigation.  (more...)


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