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TDSB panel continues probe of school safety following death of student Hamid Aminzada

The three-person panel looking into school safety after the stabbing death of Hamid Aminzada is now interviewing students, staff and parents at Toronto’s North Albion Collegiate and will submit a final report in March.

Panellists will also speak with community representatives as well as those from other schools, board staff, union members, in addition to local agencies “to determine factors that will build on safety elements in current programs,” said a briefing note distributed to trustees at their board meeting last Wednesday.

The interviews include discussions about what led to the teen’s death, how the board responded to the incident, resources and help available to students within and outside of school, as well as engagement with the community.

A public consultation will be held in January.

The board says the interviews should wrap-up around the middle of this month, with recommendations coming to Director of Education Donna Quan in March.

The panel comprises former Toronto deputy police chief Kim Derry, community engagement expert Sharifa Khan and former Toronto board superintendent Karen Forbes.

In September, Aminzada, who had immigrated to Canada just two years ago, was killed inside his Toronto high school near Kipling and Finch Aves. His family has said he was stabbed at least six times.

He was the second teen in the Toronto District School Board’s history to be killed by violence inside a school.

Quan has previously told the Star that while the board has “made strides in creating caring and safe schools inside the school environment, what we need to work on is moving that caring and safe school environment out into the community, so that our school communities, where students live and work and play every day, also are part of the safety plan.”