Students upset Mississauga school called unsafe and violent on social media


Published May 26, 2023 at 2:37 pm

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Students are upset their Mississauga school was labeled as unsafe and violent in a letter circulating on social media.

An anonymous letter purporting to be from a teacher at Tomken Road Middle School was posted on Twitter on May 20.

The letter describes a school in a “state of crisis” with students rubbing feces on bathroom walls, throwing items at students and staff, and bullying.

The Peel District School Board issued a statement saying they were investigating the claims.

Today (May 26), the board issued another statement indicating the claims in the letter are overstated.

“The behaviours described in the anonymous letter circulating on social media are not widespread and do not accurately depict the vibrant school community or the wonderful work being carried out at Tomken Road Middle School,” the statement reads.

“In fact, we’ve been hearing from students who are upset to see their school being depicted so poorly online.”

While the letter writer says there haven’t been suspensions, the board says: “Where needed, suspensions have been made.”

The board adds that they have worked collaboratively to resolve issues with students, staff, and families at Tomken Road, the Superintendent, the Safe and Caring Schools Department, the Equity Department, and the Special Education Department.

“The Superintendent has further met regularly with Tomken Road families, staff, and students over the past year, and following the circulation of this anonymous letter, has been present in the school community on a daily basis working collaboratively on plans to forge a path forward and cultivate a safe and respectful learning and working environment that works for everyone.”

Since the return to classrooms following COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, the board alongside school boards across the country, have focused on supportive learning environments where students can flourish, the statement says.

“While we believe our restorative approach to addressing unsafe behaviours is leading to positive outcomes, we take all safety concerns seriously and work together to build supportive, safe and inclusive learning and work environments at every school within Peel District School Board.”

“A healthy and positive school culture can mean a lot of things, but a key aspect for us is the pride students and staff feel for their school communities.”

The Peel District School Board has official processes to report concerns.

Students and their families may anonymously use the SPEAK UP reporting tool.

Families can access mental health professionals through the Be Well Support Line/form, or the social workers at our schools.

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