Peel schools lower flags in support of people killed at Pakistan school
WATCH: The tragic events in Peshawar, Pakistan are being felt here in the GTA. Sean Mallen reports.
TORONTO – Flags will fly at half-mast outside of Peel District School board schools in support of those killed at Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.
The flags outside of the schools will fly at half-mast until the end of day Friday, Dec. 19.
“We were all shocked and saddened by the tragic events that transpired at Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, today. Our thoughts are with all those affected, and we acknowledge the bravery of everyone who reacted immediately to protect the children and staff,” a press release from the school board read.
A spokesperson for the Pakistani military said Tuesday that 132 children were among the 141 people killed when the school was attacked by Taliban fighters.
Asim Bajwa, a spokesperson for the military, said the seven attackers wore explosive vests and didn’t appear to want to take anyone hostage. Instead, they fired indiscriminately when they entered the school.
The school taught children and teenagers from grades 1-10.