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Toronto school mourning after longtime teacher killed in Costa Rica

image (1)TORONTO — A longtime Toronto teacher has been fatally stabbed in Costa Rica in what local media say may have been a mugging. The Toronto District School Board confirmed that Bruce McCallum, a math teacher on sabbatical from his job at Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, died in the Central American country. In a letter sent to parents, the school’s principal says McCallum, who worked at the school for 18 years, died on the weekend “after a senseless act of violence abroad.” Costa Rica say McCallum was fatally stabbed in the town of Puerto Viejo early. Police told local media that the man had apparently been out at the beach early in the morning to take photos of the sunrise. The reports said local residents found the 58-year-old’s body on the street with a stab wound on the right side of his abdomen. TDSB spokeswoman Shari Schwartz-Maltz says McCallum was known as a talented math teacher who had a knack for teaching students who struggled with the subject. She says the school plans to hold a memorial for him. Principal Carol Richards-Sauer says McCallum had a passion for photography and travel. “His energy and work ethic were an inspiration to us all,” Richards-Sauer says in her letter to parents. Richards-Sauer says school board staff are offering support and counselling to students and “will remain for as long as they are needed.” In a Facebook post, one of McCallum’s former students expressed shock about the news of his death. “Mr. McCallum was hands down one of my favourite teachers I’ve ever had, he had an amazing personality and taught well,” Michelle Zhao wrote. “I’ll never forget the memories he gave me and the lessons he taught. He only wanted to do the one thing he loved over there but it was taken away from him, it’s so unfair. RIP Mr. McCallum you will be missed.”

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