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Rehtaeh Parsons case: Review of school board actions underway

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Rehtaeh Parsons. (Facebook)

Rehtaeh Parsons. (Facebook)

Nova Scotia has hired two experts from Ontario to review how the Halifax Regional School Board handled the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, who killed herself after allegedly being raped and bullied by fellow students.

Parsons, 17, died April 7 after trying to hang herself.

Her parents said four boys sexually assaulted her when she was 15, and others bullied her after a photo of the attack circulated online.

She was buried on Saturday.

That no one has ever been charged prompted a nationwide outcry that went global and sparked the RCMP and Halifax police to reopen the investigation.

Premier Darrell Dexter announced Monday that there would also be an independent review of how police and prosecutors handled the case.

And many have questioned why the school board didn't do more about the bullying claims.

The province announced Thursday that Debra Pepler and Penny Milton will conduct a review of the school board's actions, beginning immediately.

Pepler is a psychology professor at York University in Toronto and has been on the Ontario education ministry's Safe Schools Action Team since 2004.

Milton was the CEO of the Canadian Education Association and a deputy minister of a provincial advisory council on health, well-being and social justice.

They will have a "broad mandate" to examine the programs, supports and policies currently in place and "figure out how to improve them," Status of Women Minister Marilyn More said.

Their interim report is due May 10, and a final report is expected June 14.

 

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