17-Year-Old Rayne Fisher-Quann Leads Student Walkout Over Ontario Sex Ed Curriculum
High schoolers at 73 schools across the province will be ditching class to protest.
High school student Rayne Fisher-Quann reads her ‘Open Letter to Doug Ford’ at a rally outside of Queen’s Park in Toronto on July 21, 2018. On Friday, students led by Fisher-Quann will stage a walkout to protest the premier’s policies on education.
Rayne Fisher-Quann was seven years old the first time a man masturbated in front of her on the Toronto subway.
Now 17, it’s happened to her five times. Men harass her on the street and TTC “almost daily,” Fisher-Quann told HuffPost Canada in an interview.
“I can’t even imagine how different my life would be if all the men who harass me on the street had learned about consent earlier,” the Grade 12 student at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute said.
On Friday, students at 73 schools across the province will leave class at 1 p.m. to attend rallies calling on the government to revive the previous health curriculum. Fisher-Quann organized the walkout to show Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government that students care about what they’re learning.