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Our Statement Regarding the Passing of Landyn Ferris

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Hamilton, Ontario - June 1, 2024

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Our hearts are heavy with the news of the passing of Landyn Ferris, a Grade 10 student at Trenton High School.

Landyn had Dravet syndrome, a rare type of genetic epilepsy that can cause seizures. Because of his condition, his mother had informed the school that he could not be left alone. Unfortunately, the unspeakable has happened and Landyn is no longer coming home.

The Ontario public education system has been struggling for years to properly support students. The underfunding, staffing issues, lack of training, lack of understandiing, lack of acceptance, and ableism that currently plagues schools means that children with exceptional needs do not get proper access to an education.

We hope an thorough investigation will give answers as to how this tragedy occurred. While a review of safety and medical protocols may lead to the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board making changes, it wouldn't be enough.

Balance SSCS has been advocating for a complete overhaul of the public education system for some time. We are available to meet with the Ministry of Education to discuss exploring better ways of accommodating students with diverse needs. For too long, school boards have not been able to properly support students who are disabled and/or neurodiverse.

Change is long overdue.

It shouldn't take another student death to compel the government to make systemic changes. Our children not only have the fundamental right to a barrier-free education, but they should also be safe.

Our sincere condolences go out to Landyn's family and friends.

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