Toronto District School Board

Statement from TDSB Director John Malloy on Passing of Jeremiah Perry

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Categories: News Releases

It’s with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Jeremiah Perry. Despite holding out hope that the 15-year-old C.W. Jefferys CI student would be found safe, police have now confirmed that they have located his body after an extensive search in Algonquin Park — the victim of an apparent drowning. 
Our thoughts are with Jeremiah’s family and friends during this tremendously difficult time. We are continuing to offer all the supports that we can to the family, as well as students and staff. These supports will remain in place for as long as they’re needed.

This summer outdoor education course and program has been operating for a number of years with an excellent safety record. We know all staff involved are committed to reviewing each and every aspect of this tragedy to assure ourselves and our communities of our safety procedures. It’s important to note that we will not be able to make any conclusions with regards to what happened until Ontario Provincial Police can complete their investigation and the TDSB has had an opportunity to speak with those involved. In the meantime, our focus remains on supporting the family and all those impacted by this tragic event and on bringing all students and staff home as quickly as possible.

Quick Facts

33 students took part in the trip to Algonquin Park, which began on Sunday, July 2 and was originally scheduled to return to Toronto on Friday, July 7. 

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