A teenager has been charged after being stabbed in a London high school cafeteria and seriously injuring a student.
Monday’s stabbing at HB Beal Secondary School – the second at or near a London high school this school term – comes at the end of the Thames Valley District School Board’s review of its now-suspended program for police presence in schools. It happened inside
Police responded to reports of a beer stabbing incident around 11:30 a.m., found a 19-year-old woman with serious injuries and arrested the suspect, police said.
A 15-year-old girl whose name has not been identified under the Juvenile Criminal Justice Act has been charged with assault with a weapon, police said. She was released from her custody and she will appear in court on January 9.
Police said the victim and the accused knew each other.
Counselors were available to support Beale students and staff on Tuesday, and a letter was sent to families providing a list of additional supports, a spokesperson for the Thames Valley Board said.
The board does not comment on the stabbing, a spokeswoman said. Citing an ongoing police investigation.
Monday’s stabbing incident against Beale has upset students and parents at a downtown high school. Several students described how they went berserk in the school cafeteria after being stabbed during their lunch break.
This is the second stabbing involving a student at the largest school board in the London area. At first, 16-year-old charged Two assaults were inflicted after two teenagers were stabbed near AB Lucas Secondary School on September 14.
A union representative representing high school teachers on the board said there was concern among staff about violence at school.
“Really, the way we’ve been pushing to address this issue is that we need more support in schools with smaller class sizes and more caring teaching professionals.” John Bernans President of the Thames Valley District of the Ontario Middle School Teachers Federation. “The government has made it pretty clear that it’s not a priority for them.”
A spokesperson for the Thames Valley Board said: A report on the Community Resources Officer is in progress and will be a topic at next month’s Trustees meeting
The school’s Resource Officer Program, established in 2008, came under attack from activists and community groups following the Black Lives Matter movement.
Secondary school police officers taught students about alcohol and drugs, worked with teachers to address specific issues, acted as mentors to students, and provided information about police careers. However, critics of the program said the presence of uniformed police officers in classrooms and hallways made some students feel uncomfortable and even intimidated.
Following the global anti-black racism movement following the police killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, the Thames Valley trustees have launched a review of the school’s Resource Officer Program.
The following teams were included in the review A BIPOC student (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and a member of the local activist group Black Lives Matter, he was involved in extensive consultations with students, staff, and the community.
A sociologist at Western University who has studied the issue says there is very little good research on the benefits or harms of having officers in schools.
“The reality is that this whole topic is so politicized that we don’t know much about this,” said Laura Huey, Sociology professor who studies police and evidence-based policy making.
“There are a lot of junk studies out there now making very grand claims, but very few of them being methodologically rigorous.”
Even when schools have resource officers, schools still call the police frequently, Huey said.
“The reality is, like many things, we base public policy decisions on risky research and emotional claims,” she said.
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