In May 2007, 15-year old Jordan Manners was shot and killed in the hallway of his Toronto school. One month later, an investigation resulted in a 595-page report entitled ‘The Road to Health‘. A few months later, in an attempt to provoke discussion about the report among teachers in Toronto, I adapted the report into a dramatic script called Zero Tolerance. The play was performed for the first time in September 2008 for 500 new teachers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s annual Safe Schools Conference. Now for the first time, Zero Tolerance and two other play scripts, Lost Daughter and Ana’s Shadow are available as an anthology. Published in 2013, the plays are based on the themes of racism, xenophobia and homophobia and provoke reflection and discussion about the experiences of marginalized families in North America and can be used by educators who work with teachers and youth in schools as well as university instructors who are teaching courses in Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, Equity Studies, Immigration Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
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