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How safe is your child? Survey finds violence pervasive at Canadian schools

Last Updated Oct 24, 2019 at 11:42 am MST

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One in four girls surveyed reported unwanted sexual contact, beginning as early as kindergarten


Four out of 10 boys are physically assaulted at school, while one in five say they were threatened with a weapon


TORONTO (680 NEWS) – New research has found violence is a reality for students at many schools across Canada.

A massive new survey, conducted by Mission Research for CBC News, looked at more than 4,000 young people across the country. It found four out of 10 boys are physically assaulted at school, while one in five say they were threatened with a weapon.

Girls also weighed in. One in four reported unwanted sexual contact at school. For some, that began as early as kindergarten.

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Those surveyed also said many don’t report what happens to them, and that homophobic incidents are common.

The trigger for the survey was the stabbing death earlier this month of 14-year-old Devan Selvey on the property of his Hamilton high school, reportedly after weeks of his family pleading with school officials to confront bullying at the hands of other students.

Two students have since been charged with murder.