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OCDSB Statement: Charges Against Employee

OCDSB Statement: Charges Against Employee
Posted on 08/26/2020
OCDSB Statement: Charges Against Employee

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been advised by the Ottawa Police Service that charges have been laid against Majed Turk, an individual employed by the OCDSB. He has been charged with sexual offences in relation to events dating back to July 2013 involving two female students. These are in addition to charges against Mr. Turk announced by police in July. 

Investigators are concerned that there could be other victims and we would ask that anyone with information please contact police.

Mr. Turk was a substitute/contract teacher with the OCDSB at the following schools from 2009 on, as follows: Osgoode Township High School from 2009 to 2012; Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School from 2012-2013; Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary Alternate from 2013-2015; Woodroffe High School, Sir Robert Borden High School and Cairine Wilson Secondary School from 2015-2016; and Cairine Wilson Secondary School from 2016-2019.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit Tip Line at 613-236-1222 ext. 5760 or to e-mail mcm@ottawapolice.ca

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers, toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

The OCDSB takes such matters extremely seriously. We have been cooperating fully with the Ottawa Police Service since the start of this investigation. We contacted the authorities after we were first made aware of concerning allegations in November 2019. The employee was immediately removed from the classroom and this will continue until the conclusion of this matter through the courts. The OCDSB also contacts the Ontario College of Teachers and undertakes an internal investigation on such matters and determines any further action from an employment perspective.

As an organization, we take our duty of care very seriously and are committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment. The OCDSB has been working with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to create a culture of awareness and protection for all students. This includes training on professional boundaries, updating policies, creating a culture of reporting incidents of concern, and practices for investigating incidents of concern. In 2019, nearly all OCDSB school-based staff participated in a mandatory learning program through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Commit to Kids program

Their website includes a number of valuable resources for educators and parents, including information about Understanding and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse , resources to help Keep Kids Safe, information about Online Safety, how to Take Action, and resources to support Families of Survivors.

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