Toronto North York School Antisemitism Controversy: Principal Provides Details

Hundreds in Toronto gathered to support a Jewish child facing antisemitic bullying at school. Eitan Cohen, 13, endured harassment, including rocks thrown at him. His mother, Adi, frustrated by school's response, sought community help. The incident highlights ongoing concerns about antisemitism in schools. Toronto District School Board pledged to investigate. Meanwhile, Cohen filed a lawsuit against the school board and administrators, underscoring the gravity of the situation.
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Toronto Community Stands Against Antisemitism As Hundreds Rally to Support Jewish Child Facing Bullying at School

Friday morning saw hundreds of members of the Toronto community coming forward to walk a 13-year-old Jewish-Israeli child to school. Eitan Cohen, a student at Faywood Arts-Based Curriculum School in North York had reportedly been subjected to ongoing bullying and anti-semitic harassment, prompting individuals from all walks of life to gather together to address the issue.
Eitan’s mother, Adi Cohen, claims that the bullying started in November, 2023. According to her, her son was confronted by a group of children who made snide remarks about his Jewish background. Allegedly, there were even mentions of Hamas and demands for Eitan to bow down. However, things took a turn for the worse when Eitan reported the incident to school officials. As the boy tried to make his way home from school, he was subjected to rocks being hurled at him.
The incident prompted Adi Cohen to seek help from the community. Surprisingly, a staggering 300 people, including politicians and community figures, united in response. Everyone gathered to guarantee Eitan’s security during his daily walk to school. Speeches were made, condemning antisemitism, and there were calls for immediate action to tackle the problem both, within the school system, and the community at large.
However, in light of the incident, the response of school officials and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has heightened concerns. Adi Cohen voiced her frustrations with the school’s response. She pointed out the lack of effective measures and a failure to address the root causes of the harassment.
The school's principal, Katia Robles, addressed the incident in a letter to the parents. “Yesterday, it was reported to us that a small group of students were throwing stones, among other items, at each other at various times during the day. We have not been made aware of any physical injuries as a result of these incidents and are working directly with the impacted students and their families to provide support,” the letter stated.
She assured them that the school takes such matters seriously, and that the school will be thoroughly investigating these allegations. She also drew attention to the schools commitment to prioritizing the children’s safety. Nevertheless, lingering concerns persist within the community.
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