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January 30, 2015 by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 08:17 AM

There is a video on this father's website page that you might find of interest. He is complaining that his daughter, who attends the only publicly-funded high school in Parry Sound, has been bullied for several years but that the school administration has done nothing to stop it. 

The video is very amateurish, but the man's anguish comes through clearly. Obviously, his daughter has been quite damaged by the bullying, yet he has to keep sending her back into the damaging situation as his only alternative is to arrange for his daughter to attend a different publicly-funded high school an hour's drive away, I suppose in Huntsville or Bracebridge. And it's not as if there would be a bus service to either of these places, meaning the man would have to drive his daughter there every day or else arrange for her to board there during the week. 

There is a very good private high school in Rosseau, a half hour's drive away, but it is very expensive. And of course there is home-schooling and/or distance learning, but one suspects that this would not be possible for this family.

This is, of course, one very specific case of a situation where a student is being failed by her school, but there are tens of thousands of these cases in Ontario. In this case, it's bullying, but more usually the student is drowning academically. In this case, the lack of alternatives make the dilemma very clear, but even in cities it can be difficult to transfer a student to a better school.

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