Strong circle of care in response to serious incident at Manitoulin Secondary School

Manitoulin Secondary School will be surrounded by a strong circle of care this morning (Wednesday, September 15, 2021) following a serious incident that occurred at dismissal on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

School administration acted quickly to de-escalate a conflict between students. The incident remains under active investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police in collaboration with the U.C.C.M. Anishinaabe Police Service.

“We are working with all of our partners on Manitoulin Island to support our students and staff and ensure their overall well-being,” said Director of Education Bruce Bourget. “When an incident occurs, it affects everyone and we come together as a school community to support each other.”

The Mnidoo Mnising Crisis Response Team will be on site joined by members of the Rainbow District School Board Mental Health Team, school board administrators and local First Nations representatives. Ontario Provincial Police and U.C.C.M. Anishinaabe Police will also be on site throughout the day to offer support.

“Our focus is on assisting with the investigation, supporting our staff and students, and working with our community partners to move forward with a focus on safety and continued collaboration,” said Director Bourget.

He added: “On behalf of Rainbow District School Board, I would like to thank our community partners for working together with safety first and foremost.”