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Mom speaks out about allegations of violence, bullying at Thunder Bay, Ont., middle school

The mom of a student at a Thunder Bay, Ont., middle school has created a social media group to spur conversation about the level of violence and bullying she and other parents allege is happening there. But whether school violence in general is on the rise remains in question, according to two Ottawa experts.



B.C. teen recovering after being beaten unconscious by fellow student

A Grade 9 student in Richmond, B.C., says she was left unconscious by a vicious beating from a 17-year-old student in a busy school hallway. RCMP confirm the student was arrested and an investigation is underway.

Teen charged with murder, terrorism in Michigan school shooting as death toll rises to 4

A 15-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with murder, terrorism and other counts for a shooting that killed four fellow students and injured others at Michigan's Oxford High School.

'Chaotic' scene at N.B. high school as parents take kids home due to safety concerns

Parents say it was a hectic scene at Oromocto High School as families pulled their kids out of class Thursday, the same day police patrolled Fredericton High School due to a warning of a 'potential for violence.'

B.C. father who arranged beating of Grade 9 student ordered to pay $479K

More than a decade after a grown man orchestrated the savage beating of a 14-year-old boy as revenge for a “high-school spat” with his son, a B.C. judge has awarded the victim nearly $500,000.

Brampton students hospitalized after 'irritant' sprayed in school cafeteria

Eight teens have been sent to hospital after someone sprayed what police are calling an "irritant substance" inside a Brampton high school’s cafeteria.

'The most difficult student': Education assistant reinstated after 'pushing' violent 9-year-old with autism

A B.C. educational assistant has won her job back after being accused of pushing a nine-year-old with autism who had clawed at her face and kicked her in the nose.

CBC News investigates school violence with look at regional numbers

CBC Investigates has been taking a closer look at the safety of our schools.The CBC surveyed four thousand students between the ages of 14 and 21 about violence in schools .  Half were still in school with the rest over eighteen were reflecting on their school years. The survey was conducted by Mission Research for CBC news with 40% of respondents in Ontario.
School Violence

'Deeply concerning' findings of violence in schools prompt calls for action from centre for child protection

"Deeply concerning" findings from a CBC News survey of student-on-student violence has the Canadian Centre for Child Protection calling for more training in schools to curb the problem.
School Violence

How a former middle school bully let go of his fist and found his voice

Isiah Baptiste used to resort to violence at school as a way to express himself, but with the help of a mentor, he turned to art as an outlet and found a voice he never knew he had.
Editor's Note

Why CBC started looking into violence in schools

Six months ago, we started investigating some troubling instances of elementary and high school students harming other students, physically and emotionally. The investigation took us in unexpected directions and revealed some surprising facts about violence in schools and how we track it.
School Violence

'They're not taking it seriously': Under-reporting of student violence persists

Despite an Ontario law enacted eight years ago that makes it mandatory for school boards to report violent incidents to the education ministry, CBC found many assaults are not being recorded.
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'I thought he was dead': CBC survey reveals 4 in 10 boys are physically assaulted at school

According to a survey conducted for CBC News, more than a third of students say they were physically assaulted at least once before reaching high school. 
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More than 1 in 7 girls say they were sexually assaulted by another student — but schools lack policies to help

Fifteen per cent of girls who answered a CBC-commissioned anonymous survey of more than 4,000 students across Canada say they've had a sexual act forced upon them, including oral sex or being forced to touch someone in a sexual manner.
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'I get nightmares': How racial violence in high schools is taking a mental toll on students

A CBC News survey shows high levels of both violent and racist attacks in Canadian schools, and it's having serious effects on students and their families.
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Elementary school stops bullies by fostering talk, trust

When traditional methods of punishment weren't doing anything to reduce bullying and school violence, a school in Truro, N.S., decided to try a restorative-justice approach — and says it's paying off.



Bullying at Six Nations school sparks human rights complaint

Parents say not enough was done to deal with bullying at an elementary school in Six Nations and have launched a human rights complaint against the federal government, which operates the school. Parents in the southwestern Ontario community are also lobbying to have more say over what happens at Six Nations’ schools.



Preventing school violence by tackling LGBTQ stigma

A survey commissioned by CBC News for an ongoing series about school violence found that homophobia is another problem facing youth. Some schools are trying to be proactive, by raising awareness about LGBTQ issues.



What can be done about school violence

As part of our investigation into violence between kids at school we are looking at what can be done. Our panel discusses the support victims need and how to try and help the perpetrators.



When bullying goes to court

These parents took school boards to court after they say not enough was done to protect their children from bullying.



Q&A | How to fight for safer schools

What can parents do to address violence in our schools? And what can students do if they're being targeted or they see it happening to someone else? Marketplace's David Common, CBC data journalist Valérie Ouellet and youth advocate Karyn Kennedy answered your questions.
School Violence

'I felt constantly attacked': Bullied Montreal teen recounts the toll high school years took on her

More than half of Quebec youth say they've been on the receiving end of hateful comments and name-calling in high school, according to the results of a CBC poll of young Canadians asking about physical and sexual violence in school.
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Student-on-student sexual violence highest in Prairies, CBC national survey finds

A national CBC News survey of more than 4,000 young Canadians found that students in Manitoba were most likely to report being the victims of unwanted sexual comments.



Canada’s broken student violence reporting system

A violent attack on a high school student that was shared on social media but not reported by the school board seems to exemplify a broken system in Ontario. An exclusive CBC News investigation has more on the gaps and inconsistencies in Canada’s system for keeping track of student violence.
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Sask. K-8 students most likely to have been physically assaulted, national survey on school violence finds

Nearly half of the Saskatchewan students who participated in a nationwide survey said they had been physically assaulted in elementary school at lease once. One in four said they had been the victim of sexual rumours.