Principals and teachers should be forced by law to report student-on-student crime, an MPP says after a Grade 1 student in York Region was allegedly whipped by older boys in the school washroom.


Under the Child and Family Services Act, teachers are only compelled to report adult-on-student crime or suspicion of harm to children’s aid.


Tory MPP Frank Klees says that must change.


Klees said the Opposition is willing to work with the government to close the loophole before school begins in the fall.


“There should be no question about whether an assault has to be reported to parents and to police,” said Klees (Newmarket-Aurora).

In the assault, two older students allegedly whipped the young boy with belts. The principal did not call police, and the parents learned of the assault from their older child.

The parents immediately called police, who laid charges of assault and assault with a weapon against the Grade 8 students.