TDSB says 323 students involved in violence so far this school year


The Toronto District School Board says more than 300 students have been involved in violence on school property so far this academic year.

In a report on school safety, the TDSB says a total of 323 students have been involved in violence on school premises between September and April.

The board – which is sharing the report with trustees at a committee meeting today – says the number of students involved in violence this academic year so far is the highest since at least 2018-19.

It says that figure is on track to reach a new high since the data started being collected in 2000 if the current trend continues.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has said three-quarters of its members say they have experienced or witnessed violence against staff members.

The union commissioned a survey of its members earlier this year and found that 42 per cent of its members have had a physical injury, illness or psychological injury or illness as a result of workplace violence against them this school year.

Several high schools in Toronto have experienced violence this school year, including a shooting that left one dead and another injured and a stabbing that left one student in critical condition – with youths facing charges in both cases.