No parents or students turned up.

UPDATE: Few attend meetings on school safety

This meeting cost taxpayers $489,000.00 Dollars and no one cared to show. Cheezus!

The Star – Candid Jane-Finch youth enliven school safety hearing, but no parents or students of C.W. Jeffreys Collegiate, the school where Jordan Manners was murdered, bothered to turn up.

Almost every person there yesterday belonged to an organization: a social worker, a politician of some kind, or a journalist. One speaker pointed out late in the day that Manners’ “death is being used by everyone with a cause.”
Olivia Chow marched in with Greg Stokes, Manners’ uncle, and announced an initiative to prevent youth violence.
Two young men from the Toronto Youth Cabinet called for more consultations with youth.
Two experts on sexual assault called for more teacher training on the issue.
No parents or students turned up.

“The parents of youth most affected – most disenfranchised – are not going to be very comfortable with a public setting,” Falconer told reporters, adding many parents were spoken to privately.

All the usual suspects turned up offering the same old bullshit “remedies” .

Maybe no parents or students turned up because they don’t care. Maybe they know what the real problems are, maybe they know that the real cause, “The Elephant in the Room” -Single mothers “raising” out of control children, won’t be helped by more Basketball Courts. Or as one young man who did turn up said regarding yet another “Mentoring Program” :

“I remember a program like that. It sucked.”

  • Very interesting post! How do we strengthen families? That’s what all of these lawyers, activists, and social workers need to figure out.

    No parents? I’m not surprised. Maybe if they advertised a free pre-panel dinner they’d get a few over there.

  • Unfortunately the degree of social/family disintegration is extremely widespread within the Jamaican community. Abnormal behavior is the norm, single parenthood, absentee fathers, drugs and guns are considered acceptable. Until they take responsibilty for their own actions this will only get worse.

  • Wow! I like your new look.

  • Thanks Panhandle!

  • INP

    There is no answer to the Jamaican gun plague. Jamaica has the highest per capita murder rate in the world. Fatherless men shoot each other there and they shoot each other here. It is inherent in their culture. Sadly, the best we can hope is that they continue to focus on each other and leave the rest of us alone. I hate myself for thinking that way, but the evidence is overwhelming.

    And to be totally honest, I am incensed that their culture is causing so much strife and tragedy here in Canada and costing us so much money. Endless demands for more social programs and more governent intervention. And don’t forget – more cops, more prosecuters, more court time, more jail space, more welfare housing, more school meal programs. More, more, more. We will, apparently, never be able to spend enough. Good thing we all have deep pockets and big hearts to keep the tax money flowing. It might not solve the problem, but, hey, it helps clear our conscience.

  • Actually Inp my conscience is clear on this matter. No one has forced gang members to live by the Gun. The choices are their own, I have no responsibility and very little empathy for those who make such poor life choices.

  • it amazes me when people don’t show up for meetings like this…