Saturday, May 23, 2009

Let's tell them: This was assault and the perp should be prosecuted

Following up on Wideyes suggestion, that folks should write to the school, the police, the crown attorney's office in Thunder bay about the case of the 7 year old child who was assaulted when a teacher's aide sheared his hair in class. I fully believe that the Crown Attorney should prosecute for assault, and that the police, the school and the school board who are all in the business of protecting children should be pushing the crown attorney's office to do so. I have updated my blog with addresses folks can write to if they are interested in encouraging the institutions involved (crown attorney, school board etc) to do the right thing.

Other folks may have differenct ideas of what actions/remedies need to be taken, and disagree with me about the assault issue. I’ve been following this story on other blogs (Dawg's blog, PP 2.0 - Dispatches by Northwestern Lad, The galloping Beaver, and It's all about potential to name a few. Good discussions BTW) and I've seen a number of people post ideas of what they’d like to see as remedies, the school board apologizing, sensitivty training etc. I think the main point is that we all agree this is unacceptable to happen to any child. Perhaps some letters can encourage them. Clearly encouragement is needed sicne they have done little over the past month since the incident occurred.

Here are some e-mail/snail-mail addresses to encourage these agencies to do the right thing. Update: Check the comments where folks are pitching in to add more contact info.

Lakehead Public School Board comment form:

Gordon Fillmore (Crown Attorney Rep)
Crown Attorney's Office
1805 E. Arthur Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7E 2R6
Fax: 625-1618

Chris Adams
Thunder Bay Police Service
1200 Balmoral Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7B 5Z5

McKellar Park Central Public School
Principal: Michelle Probizanski
Vice Principal: Melanie Mussellam (Acting)
301 N. Archibald Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7C 3Y3

Fax: 807-623-1586

Mayor Lynn Peterson
2nd Floor, City Hall
500 Donald Street E
P.O. Box 800
Thunder Bay, ON,
P7C 5K4



Anonymous said...

Thunder Bay Chief of Police

Robert P. Herman
Chief of Police

Thunder Bay Mayor
Mayor Lynn Peterson

Ward of the State said...

Thank you Anon.

Anonymous said...

What about including the Ontario Ministry of Education as a Cc:? Who's the best contact over there? The Minister's Office?

Ward of the State said...

Great idea. Here are addresses for the minister of education and for critics.

Hon Kathleen O. Wynne
Ministry Ministry of Education
22nd Floor, Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2
Tel 416-325-2600
Fax 416-325-2608
Constituency Suite 101
795 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario M4G 4E4
Tel 416-425-6777
Fax 416-425-0350

Rosario Marchese, MPP (Trinity--Spadina)
Critic, Education
Queen's Park Room 116, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5
Tel 416-325-9092
Fax 416-325-4976

And for good measure why not CC the Ontario Child Advocate's Office.

250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 503, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4S 1H2
Phone: (416) 325-5669 Toll-free: 1-800-263-2841
Fax: (416) 325-5681 TTY: (416) 325-2648

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