It is with deep concern and sadness that I learned of the shooting which took place in a Scarborough school this week. As students were being let out for the day at Woburn Collegiate Institute, gunshots fired outside the school took the life of an 18-year-old and hospitalized a 15-year-old youth.
Our schools should be safe havens where young people feel welcomed and where learning is celebrated. I am heartbroken about the loss of life and the loss of innocence for the young people exposed to this tragic incident.
In speaking with Trustee Zakir Patel, it was clear to me that this act of violence shattered a peaceful setting and terrified our community as a whole. Furthermore it underscores the urgent need for immediate and meaningful action towards ending gun violence.
As we try to process the reality that yet another act of gun violence has occurred in our community, we remember the many families and friends who are already suffering with the pain of losing a loved one.
We see the transformative power of community in addressing gun violence, and that’s why we must strengthen our commitment to increasing support, especially for our youth. It has never been more important to unlock and mobilize critically-needed resources that will help make Scarborough safer.
As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood, I extend my sincere sympathies to the families, friends and school community who have lost a loved one.