Panel to release report into Halifax school board's handling of Parsons case

HALIFAX – The final report by two panellists who reviewed the Halifax school board’s handling of the Rehtaeh Parsons case will be released today.

Debra Pepler, a professor at York University, and Penny Milton, the former CEO of the Canadian Education Association, were appointed by the Nova Scotia government to look into the Parsons case.

The 17-year-old Parsons committed suicide in April.

Her family alleged she was sexually assaulted in 2011 and a digital photo of the incident was shared around her school.

The panel presented an interim report last month on the scope of their review, which laid out 10 questions they wanted to answer on anti-bullying programs following the teenager’s death.

The report said the panellists would focus on whether existing policies, procedures and training on cyberbullying in Halifax schools are adequate.