Thames Valley joins community in grief

Posted On Monday June 07, 2021

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of an Oakridge Secondary School student – one of five family members targeted in what police have described as a hate-motivated car attack. Four are now deceased, and one is in hospital.

We wish to express our deepest sympathies to family, friends and everyone impacted by this tragic loss. The student, whose name is being withheld at the request of the family, will be deeply missed by fellow students and staff at Oakridge Secondary School. This loss will be felt across the entire Thames Valley District School Board.

Hate has no place in our school system or in our community.

As a school board, we deeply respect and support our Muslim community, whose grief we share in this senseless tragedy. We remain steadfastly committed to combating racism, Islamophobia, and discrimination in all its forms and creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students and staff.

The Board’s Traumatic Events Response Team will be onsite at Oakridge Secondary School and other impacted schools to provide support to students, staff and families and will remain in place for as long as it is required. Thames Valley will also extend supports to the London Islamic School.

Additional resources are available to families, students, and staff through our mental health and well-being webpage at https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/students/mental-health-and-well-being.aspx.

Flags across the Thames Valley District School Board will remain lowered at all schools until June 11 to honour the memory of this student and family.

Understandably, this is a very difficult time for Oakridge students, staff and the entire Thames Valley community. We respectfully request the community’s assistance in respecting the family’s privacy and allowing them to grieve this horrific loss.

Mark Fisher,
Director of Education,
Thames Valley District School Board

Lori-Ann Pizzolato,
Chair,
Thames Valley District School Board

Contact(s)

Jeanne Sauvé French Immersion Public School

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 Trustees: J. BennettJ. Skinner   Superintendent: P. Skinner