Three and one-half years ago, my granddaughter Kimberly Proctor was brutally murdered by two of her peers.
Since then, we found out that the two boys were known to the community at large, as problem kids, but, nothing was done about them.
My husband and I went to an all-candidates’ meeting and asked why nothing had been done to help the boys find healthy outlets for their anger.
After the election, Troy DeSouza, the Conservative candidate (who lost) came to me and said he would like to work with our family and present some ideas to the government for change. My whole family met with him and came up with seven proposals for change, which we call Kimberly’s Law.
Since then, the B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented in most school districts a “threat assessment protocol” and I am pleased to say that it is working.
We would like to make the assessments treatment mandatory.
We also found (by being in the system) that there are some flaws in the Youth Criminal Justice System that we feel should be changed.
We have created a website (http://kimberlyslaw.com) for people to download petitions, one provincial and one federal.
So far we have had a very good response from people in the southern portion of the province but we haven’t had any response from the North and only a small response from the central part of the province.
We would appreciate it if some of the people in the other parts of the province would help us out.