Media asked to respect need for privacy of students and staff at Oliver Stephens Public School
Monday, March 5, 2012 – As the trial of Michael Rafferty gets underway in London, the Thames Valley District School Board requests that the media respect the need for privacy at Oliver Stephens Public School in Woodstock, where Tori Stafford was a student.
“What happened to Tori was extremely traumatic for her classmates, teachers and the school community,” said Superintendent Mary Ellen Smith. “It was a traumatic event for the entire community, but nowhere more so than at Oliver Stephens.”
The start of the trial will no doubt bring back difficult memories for many students and staff. The presence of the news media near the school will add to the anxieties and fears among the young pupils.
For this reason Smith urges the media not to visit Oliver Stephens. She asks that media inquiries be made through the Board’s Public Affairs department at the Education Centre in London.
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