amdsb launches anonymous reporting tool for bullying racism and sex trafficking
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AMDSB launches anonymous reporting tool for bullying, racism and sex trafficking

The Avon Maitland District School Board has launched an anonymous reporting tool for incidents of bullying, racism, and suspicion of sex trafficking.

The board says it is dedicated to having a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all, and that these types of incidents have no place within its schools.

“The bullying link on websites is nothing new, but combining all three is,” says Human Rights and Equity Lead Administrator Jason Burt. “An email is sent to the school’s principal that there has been a report, and an investigation can now begin based on what that person put in.”

“The good thing about being on a digital platform is that it’s open 24/7,” added Burt, who noted that he feels this framework for reporting these types of incidents is “long overdue.”

Burt still feels that reporting these incidents to a person, whether that’s a principal, vice-principal, teacher, employee or volunteer, is still the best option, especially if that person reporting the incident wants to hear about the outcome, or what goals or strategies were implemented as a result of the complaint.

Burt also noted that the board is “trying to ensure we are addressing equity, diversity, and inclusivity, and that we are responsible for identifying systemic racism and oppression.”

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