Protest after Fort Simpson parents allege teacher struck child

By Aastha Sethi Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Dylan Kakfwi, the eight-year-old’s father, said the Northwest Territories village school told the family a teacher had “backhanded” his son. Kakfwi and his partner say their son, who is non-verbal and has autism, pointed at his chest and signalled he was hurt. Following the incident, Kakfwi says he took his son to the health centre for a checkup. There were no visible bruises on his body. Kakfwi said surveillance video of the incident from January 22 shows his son falling to the ground and staying there for close to 40 seconds, though the alleged incident before the boy falls cannot be seen. The teacher, Kakfwi said, “just walked past my son in the video.” After the incident, Kakfwi said the teacher wasn’t at…

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