Striking Ont. teachers to wear arm bands for mass shooting victims
Teachers rally for collective bargaining rights in this file photo. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Monday, December 17, 2012 11:43AM EST
Striking Ontario teachers are planning to wear black arm bands and hold a moment of silence this week in recognition of the "tragic loss of life" that resulted from the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
One-day teacher walkouts are taking place Monday in Hamilton and three remote school boards in northern Ontario, while boards in the GTA and seven other regions will strike Tuesday.
On Monday morning, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario posted a tweet asking teachers to pay tribute to those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"Asking #ETFO members to wear black armbands & hold a moment of silence 9 a.m. Monday to mourn the tragic loss of life at Sandy Hook School," tweeted ETFO President Sam Hammond.
Residents of Newtown have begun the process of laying the victims to rest with at least two funerals planned for Monday.
The first funerals are for two six-year-old boys, Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, who were among the 20 children gunned down Friday morning. Six school staff were also killed in the shooting spree perpetrated by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who also shot his mother before driving to the school Friday and opening fire.