Mother hopes for change

<p>In an emotional exchange, Loreen Small, mother of shooting victim Jordan Manners, yesterday won a promise from Gerry Connelly, the senior executive of Canada’s largest school board, that there will be changes in the wake of the teenager’s death last spring.</p>

 



 

 

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Lorraine Small, right, Jordan Manners’ mother, is comforted yesterday by her sister Louisa Manners after receiving a copy of the Toronto District School Board’s report on violence. Jordan Manners was shot dead inside C.W. Jefferys Collegiate last year.



In an emotional exchange, Loreen Small, mother of shooting victim Jordan Manners, yesterday won a promise from Gerry Connelly, the senior executive of Canada’s largest school board, that there will be changes in the wake of the teenager’s death last spring.



After receiving from Connelly a copy of a new report on Toronto school violence prompted by Jordan’s killing at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute in May, Small demanded it not be "swept under the rug."



"I just don’t want my son’s name to go in vain," Small said at a news conference in a church basement. "I just don’t want this report to come out and nothing become of it."