The Toronto District School Board is investigating allegations from an advocacy group that children were locked in a small room at a Midtown-area school.
The group Parents of Black Children said it is in touch with the parents of the three students, who are four, five and six years old. All three children are Black.
The three incidents are said to have happened at John Fisher Junior Public School, near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. Each incident involved a different student.
One of the mothers told reporters her son had been subjected to numerous racist incidents during his time at the elementary school.
The board is looking into the incidents.
“On Thursday, March 2, TDSB staff learned about reports of serious acts of anti-Black racism at John Fisher JPS,” reads a statement from a board spokesperson. “No child should experience what has been reported and we apologize for the impact it has had on the student and their family. We are currently investigating and are committed to taking the required steps on each action reported to us.”
“During the investigation, the principal, vice principal and a teacher have been put on home assignment to allow us time to better understand what occurred,” added the spokesperson. “We are working to complete this investigation as soon as possible and will support the student and their family in any way we can.”