I posted previously on this blog about the fire at the W. Ross Macdonald school.
Things have been pritty quiet since that. then while browsing facebook this past week, I noticed a reference to some kind of lawsuit involving the W. Ross Macdonald school.
I was confused, as their wasn’t a lot to go on, nobody was saying much, and the source it came from wasn’t reliable to begin with.
I bounced it past James in passing, and he gave me the name of a former student who started it all.
So I used the power of google, and came up with an article.
For your own sanity, here’s the printer friendly version.
Class Action Lawsuit for Abuse at Ontario School for Visually Impaired
By Koskie Minsky LLP
Class Action For Abuse At Provincial School For The Visually Impaired.
On February 22, 2011, a proposed class action was commenced relating to abuse of former students of the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Visually Impaired and Deaf blind. W. Ross MacDonald is an elementary and secondary provincial school located in Brantford, Ontario. It is administered by the Provincial Schools Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Education.
The case involves allegations that the Ontario Crown failed to operate or supervise W. Ross MacDonald so as to ensure the safety and well-being of its vulnerable students, most of whom lived in residence during the school year. It is alleged that those caring for the students at W. Ross MacDonald often approached them with contempt, prejudice and indifference; they engaged in abusive conduct, often taking advantage of the visual disabilities of students.
The former students were children with disabilities when they attended W. Ross MacDonald. Most lived in residence at the school and many were far from their families. It is alleged the Crown was solely responsible for their care and supervision, acting in a quasi-parental role, but it failed in its obligations to students.
The action was commenced by Robert Seed, a former student who attended the school from 1954 to 1965, and his counsel Koskie Minsky LLP, a leading Canadian class action law firm.
At this time, their’s nothing further on this, but believe me, I’ll be eyeballing this as things progress.
Honestly, I’m not surprised to see this finally coming out.
Something like this was bound to surface iventually, and it makes me glad I got out when I did.
Stay tuned for more as this breaking story develops.