I am sure that by now, most of you have heard about yesterday’s tragic event at Abbotsford Secondary School culminating in the death of one student and serious injuries to another. I cannot think of a circumstance more devastating to parents than a death of a child at any time. The senselessness of a situation like this makes it all the more difficult to comprehend.
I want to assure each one of you that the safety of your child in our schools is a priority for the Board of Education, for me as Superintendent, for senior staff and for administration and staff in each facility. Safety precautions and procedures are regularly discussed and practiced at all levels of the District.
As one would expect, both traditional media outlets and social media have been very active in spreading the word about this event in ways that are both positive and negative. In fact, we know that those individuals who are agitated and/or traumatized by these events are re- traumatised over and over again by repeated coverage in the media and through social media.
In the event that your child has been traumatised by this tragedy, I would like to share with you tips for parents and guardians that have been sent to us by the Ministry of Education’s Safe Schools Department. Please see here.
Please be assured that we have counsellors and staff in our district to assist our students through difficult circumstances such as these. Do not hesitate to contact your school should you notice heightened levels of stress in your child.
Superintendent of Schools