ECSD: Open an Investigation into St Thomas More Catholic School
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Last night, on January 8th of 2017, my younger brother Ethan Dizon took his life. He was only fourteen, and none of us knew that he had suicidal thoughts or signs of depression. This is the second suicide to happen in a matter of months at St Thomas More Catholic Junior High School, with the latter taking place around late October to early November.
My name is Chloe Dizon, and I had also attended St. Thomas More Catholic Junior High, eventually attaining my Junior High Diploma in 2015, As a young teen there, I have witnessed discrimination among the students, and as a result I was diagnosed with depression at the age of fifteen. No child should ever have to experience what I had to go through, and to have my brother lose the battle that I have been fighting for the past two years has angered me to take action.
I ask the Edmonton Catholic School District and the City of Edmonton to open an investigation into St. Thomas More Catholic Junior High, to not only expose the harsh bullying environment and the elitist attitude found in the Sports Academy but also the clear favoritism towards major student athletes and the Sports Academy.
St. Thomas More School is renowned for their esteemed Sports Academies, attracting many students outside their catchment zone. What is not known about St. Thomas More however, is the rampant bullying, often unchecked by the school administration. According to the Canadian Health Institute, Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying found in thirteen year olds, and 1 in 3 Canadian adolescents have experienced bullying in their lifetime. THIS IS A NUMBER THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE.
Disclaimer: Even if the motive was something other than bullying, these statistics need to change. Lets swear together, that we will NEVER LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN.
I don't know a world without you, my younger brother. Remember the times when we were in Mexico and we were wrestling in the pool? Or the time when me and you would walk around Disneyland without Mom and Dad, trying to get Single Rider Passes for rides so we could go on all the rides together before closing?
Ethan, I'll miss you every day, and I love you. I may seem like the "Big Bad Sister" at times, but I never, EVER, intended to hurt you. You were my little brother and I love you so, so much.
Rest In Peace little brother, heaven has another angel,
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