Increased police vigilance near schools because of anti-vaccine activists

It is “unacceptable” that children and school personnel are “intimidated” by anti-vaccine activists, says Jean-François Roberge, who announces “increased police vigilance” around schools.

The Minister of Education stopped in front of journalists on Friday, on the sidelines of the presessional caucus of his political party, in Quebec, to take stock of school safety.

He reaffirmed his desire to “protect our children” following an incident that occurred Wednesday at Louis-Riel high school in Montreal.

A small group of anti-vaccine activists sought to reach out to students to denounce the sudden death of a Grade 4 teenage girl.

These conspirators incorrectly claimed that Malaka Rizkalla died on Tuesday after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine.

Jean-François Roberge said he was “scandalized” on social networks “by these demonstrators who used the tragic death of a young girl to fuel disinformation”.

He said Friday that he had asked his colleague Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, to put in place “increased vigilance around schools”.

“Going around schools, instrumentalizing children, intimidating children and school personnel, this is unacceptable,” he said.

“So if there is someone who suspects anything, if parents are worried, if the staff members are worried, they can call the police who will intervene quickly,” he said. he adds.

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