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UARR Statement on the Senseless Death of a Toronto Teacher Abshir Hassan by Gun Violence

July 8, 2014

UARR Statement on the Senseless Death of a Toronto Teacher Abshir Hassan by Gun Violence

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is shocked and saddened at the shooting death of TDSB occasional teacher Mr. Abshir Hassan. We regret the news of his untimely passing due to reckless gun violence that has again resurfaced in the city of Toronto. We like to see that the educators and role models for our young people in the publicly funded education system are reflective of the city’s diversity.

In the Lawrence Heights community which has a large number of Somali Canadian students, Mr. Hassan’s service as an educator and positive role model improved the cultural competence and cultural responsive presence of the teaching and learning environment of the students.

Ultimately, Toronto cannot ignore the harm of gun violence and the loss of this young man. More political will is required by all levels of government to stop the pipeline of guns that are illegally smuggled into Canada from the US.

We stand in solidarity with the community as it comes to terms with the death of teacher Mr. Abshir Hassan by senseless gun violence, and the hospitalization of two other young people who were in his company at the material time.

Rest in eternal peace Abshir Hassan.

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