Catholic board data show rise young girls suspended — as boys show improvement in behaviour
Fewer teenagers are getting suspended from Toronto’s Catholic high schools and overall suspensions have declined at the board. But one trouble spot emerged in the latest report on school safety: elementary school girls.
Last year, suspensions for girls up to Grade 8 rose for the second year, according to the board’s latest safe schools report, sparking concerns that the “mean girl” phenomenon is still going strong.
In 2015-2016, there were 196 suspensions among elementary girls, says the report, which was presented at a Toronto District Catholic School Board meeting this week. That’s 38 more than in the 2014-2015 school year and 68 more than the previous year.