On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Parents of Black Children (POBC) informed us that students in the Simcoe County District School Board (the SCDSB) threatened to rape a Black girl, told her to kill herself, targeted her with pictures of a noose, and called her the “n” word. POBC also informed us that the girl’s teacher told her that she should forgive the students, and that after a suspension, the students continue to not only go to the same school, but are in the same class as young girl.

We are concerned that the students’ continuing presence in the school creates an unacceptable risk to the girl’s safety and mental well-being. We are also concerned that the school and SCDSB’s response to this incident is in breach of the Human Rights Code, Education Act, and SCDSB Administrative Procedures Memorandum A7635.

Read our full letter to Minister Stephen Lecce and the Simcoe County District School Board here.