It was infamously coined the “Summer Of The Gun” in Toronto in the year 2005. The city had seen an increase in violence during this time period and one particular murder in 2007 surprised many people when 15 year old Jordan Manners was gunned down at his High School in the Jane and Finch area.
It sparked many changes to the schooling system and below is a timeline.
May 23, 2007: Grade 9 student Jordan Manners, 15, is fatally shot in the chest in a hallway of his high school C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute. This marks the first time a student is shot and killed inside a Toronto school.
Jordan Manners was killed inside C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute on May 23, 2007.
May 27, 2007: Two 17-year-old males are charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting. Some said they were friends with the victim. They will eventually be known to the media as J.W. and C.D. as their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
June 2, 2007: A revision to the Safe Schools Act, making the legislation even more “progressive,” is passed at Queen’s Park.
June 5, 2007: Prominent human rights lawyer Julian Falconer is appointed to head the School Community Safety Advisory Panel. This panel was tasked with examining C.W. Jefferys and provide the board with suggestions on how to improve school safety in the city.
Two teenage boys were charged with first-degree murder. Police said the murder was not gang-related, and the motive was unclear. To this day, Jordan’s murder remains unsolved. School resource officers have since been scrapped, and school safety continues to be a major issue. Check out this special about the whole saga below on Global television’s “Crime Beat”.
ALSO CHECK OUT WWETV EXCLUSIVE FLASHBACK OF JORDAN MANNERS