‘IT’S A TRAGEDY’: Student, 15, stabbed to death in after-school fight mourned

Victoria Park Collegiate brings in grief counsellors to help students cope

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It is a traumatized school, coping with grief.

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Students at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute on Wednesday were remembering their fellow student Maahir Dosani, 15, who was stabbed to death outside the school Tuesday afternoon.

“It is pretty quiet. Completely different,” said one student returning from her lunch break.

One Grade 11 student brought flowers to place below the school’s main sign.

“I just want to pay my respects because it’s a tragedy that happened and anything I can do to help the community process it,” she said.

“I talked to him a little bit. But we weren’t close.”

Her friend, also in Grade 11, said: “The last time I saw him was Friday. We were in the cooking lab making muffins and everyone was there just being happy. And now he is gone.”

Girls place a bouquet of flowers in front of Victoria Park Collegiate Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. JACK BOLAND/TORONTO SUN
Girls place a bouquet of flowers in front of Victoria Park Collegiate Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. JACK BOLAND/TORONTO SUN Photo by JACK BOLAND /TORONTO SUN

Students said far fewer students attended school on Wednesday.

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One said she would have preferred not having to come to school under this horrible circumstance.

“They have social workers and everything but honestly I feel like a day off would have been better,” said a girl in Grade 10. “Not just a day off for our benefit. But just to remember the kid. A kid passed away. It’s just unbelievable.”

A Toronto Police officer is seen on the grounds of Victoria Park Collegiate Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. JACK BOLAND
A Toronto Police officer is seen on the grounds of Victoria Park Collegiate Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. JACK BOLAND

“Our focus today is on the kids and the staff,” said Shari Schwartz-Maltz, Toronto District School Board spokesperson.

“We have a whole school filled today with caring adults; a big team of social workers who are specialists in grief counselling,” she added.

The principal and staff were also walking around the school so that they can talk to staff and students to “make sure everyone feels well-supported. It’s a tough day at Vic Park,” Schwartz-Maltz said.

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Students said the incident began as a fight outside the school on Tuesday close to 3 p.m. — near its athletic track.

Police who arrived on the scene found Dosani with a stab wound to his torso.

He was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased in hospital.

TDSB sent a letter to parents of students at the school to provide them “some tips for parents in terms of how to talk to their kids during a tragedy,” Schwartz-Maltz said.

Two other boys — aged 16 and 14 — were injured in the stabbing incident.

They were both rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After Tuesday’s tragic violence, a 19-year-old man was arrested nearby.

Ahmed Rafin, of Toronto, who does not attend the school, has been charged with second-degree murder.

He was scheduled to appear in court  Wednesday.

slaurie@postmedia.com

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