We are horrified and deeply saddened by the hate-based attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario that led to the tragic deaths of four people and left another with serious injuries on Sunday evening. Our hearts go out to their friends, family and all those who knew them following this hateful and cowardly act.
As we grieve with their loved ones and the whole Muslim community, we know that this attack may lead to students, staff and their families feeling unsafe and vulnerable. Please know that we are here to support you and that the Toronto District School Board is committed to confronting and interrupting Islamophobia and all forms of racism, hate, and discrimination. While Islamophobia is a reality for many families within our communities, it has no place in the TDSB and should not be tolerated anywhere.
TDSB Professional Support Services staff have prepared the following information that may be helpful for parents whose children are experiencing difficulties and a range of reactions and emotions. As always, should families require additional supports, Social Work support is available and can be accessed by reaching out to their teachers and principals. For staff that may be in need of support, we encourage them to reach out to colleagues or contact the Employee Assistance Program.
Alternatively, families and staff may wish to connect with the following community resources:
Arab Community Centre of Toronto
555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Unit 209
Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y3
Naseeha Youth Helpline-Mental Health
1 (866) 627-3342
Karen Falconer Alexander Brown
Interim Director of Education Chair