Students worried about safety after triple stabbing in North York high school claim 15-year-old victim

Students at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in North York say they are terrified and worried about their safety after one of them was killed on school grounds Tuesday afternoon.

Fifteen-year-old Maahir Dosani was fatally stabbed after a fight broke out on the school’s track field, shortly after students were dismissed for the day. A 19-year-old man who is not attending Victoria Park has been charged with second-degree murder in connection.

One class 12 student at Victoria Park only caught the aftermath of the dispute that led to Dosani’s death.

The student saw a crowd of people running from a body on the ground. He knew it was something he didn’t want to be involved with. Only later did he learn that the victim was someone known to him.

“He was in my friend’s technical class,” the student said. “He wasn’t the kind of guy to have problems – just a kind, cool student. I’m pretty traumatized honestly. I don’t feel comfortable here now. ”

Dosani was found outside the school around 3:05 pm with a stab wound in his torso, and was pronounced dead at the hospital around 7 pm, according to a Toronto police press release.

“It’s so sad,” said one 9th student. “Everyone is traumatized. It happened right here, on school grounds, while everyone was still in school.”

A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were also found with stab wounds, and both were transported to hospital. Both were stabbed in the lower body, police said. All three students stabbed attended Victoria Park Collegiate Institute.

Students from Victoria Park told the Star Violence regularly erupts at school.

“We hope, God willing, this will end,” said another 9th grader. “My friends and I really hope the violence will end. We see battles explode all the time. We just don’t feel safe. We’re always worried.

“This should not have happened. This is a place to learn, not a place to hurt and fight. ”

Ahmed Rafin, 19, was arrested near the east end high school at 15 Wallingford Rd., According to the release.

Rafin briefly appeared in court to the sound of the police division on Wednesday afternoon. He will remain in custody and has been ordered not to contact any witnesses.

Police did not release a description of the weapon that was used.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone with photos or videos taken around or at the time of the sting.

Toronto District School Board spokeswoman Shari Schwartz-Maltz said a “large team” of social workers specializing in funeral counseling was available to students and employees at the school on Wednesday.

District officers from 33 Division were also present.

“There was a large group of students who saw what happened,” Schwartz-Maltz said Wednesday morning, adding that there was a lot of information provided on Tuesday. Staff were also involved in assisting “in the middle of the dispute,” she said.

“Maybe today is not a day where the focus is on math, maybe today is a day of supporting each other,” she said.

Asked if the incident would encourage greater security measures to be implemented at the Victoria Park school, as Rafin is not a TDSB student but still did it on school grounds, Schwartz-Maltz said there is nothing more the school can do.

“There are already a lot of security measures, but we live in a community,” she said. “You fill your schools with adults who care about security, you lock all the doors. We do everything we can. “

In a statement, TDSB director of education Colleen Russell-Rawlins said the stabbing on school property “of course raises questions about safety in our school community.”

“The police have a suspect in custody and have assured us that there are no threats to the school or public safety,” she said. “We want to reassure students that they are safe, and we are here to listen to their concerns and act where necessary.

The last fatal school sting in Toronto appears to have been in 2014, when 19-year-old Hamid Aminzada was cut in the face and stabbed in the abdomen in the corridor of North Albion Collegiate.

In the last two months, police have reported two fatal killings in Toronto schools. In one, a A 13-year-old girl was arrested for stabbing a 12-year-old girl to death in the arm and causing injuries. In the other, according to Global News, a 15-year-old boy was arrested for stabbing a 16-year-old boy in the torso.

Ben Cohen is a Toronto-based staff reporter for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @bcohenn


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