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TCDSB Safe Schools Inquiry Panel Report

On October 6, 2014, two Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) students were fatally wounded during the lunch period at a property adjacent to Islington Avenue near Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School (Don Bosco). The two students killed were Zaid Athir Youssef from Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School and Michael Menjivar from James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic Secondary School.
In December 2014, the Board of Trustees of the TCDSB created a Panel of Inquiry to investigate the event, conduct a review of the actions undertaken and provide recommendations.
The panel was comprised of five individuals:
Paul Crawford (Chair) – A retired Superintendent with the TCDSB with extensive experience in school operations; legal Safe School requirements, and liaison with the Toronto Police Services;
Patrizia Bottoni – Trustee Ward 4, representing the TCDSB Board of Trustees;
Rachel Ferreira – Vice-President Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario (COYO), a probation officer with extensive experience working with youth in the criminal justice system;
Jana Seymour - Vice – President of Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) Toronto, representing the parental viewpoint; and
John Yan – Senior Coordinator of Communications, Public and Media Relations with the TCDSB, who as the head of the department brings expertise related to the management of crisis situations.
Members convened in January to set its terms of reference, outline the workings of the Panel, and to set dates for subsequent meetings. The Inquiry Panel began its investigation on February 10, 2015, with the intended goal to complete a full 360-degree review of the incident.
The Panel’s main purpose was to listen and ask questions to deepen their understanding of the events leading up to the incident and its aftermath – not to lay blame. A primary area of examination was on the events surrounding the shooting and the response of TCDSB staff and Toronto Police Services (TPS). It reviewed the effectiveness of emergency response procedures and protocols that were initiated and followed by staff and TPS personnel.
Meetings were held in February and March and the report was drafted and reviewed throughout the month of April.
The final report was submitted to TCDSB Director of Education Ms. Angela Gauthier by Mr. Paul Crawford, the Chair of the Safe Schools Inquiry Panel on May 12, 2015, to facilitate public presentation to the Board of Trustees for consideration at the first available Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for May 21, 2015.
The Safe Schools Inquiry Panel Report is dedicated to the memory of Michael Menjivar and Zaid Youssef.

To view the report, click on the cover below:

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