Last Friday, Melanie R. took a stand against school bullying for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
Featuring a day full of activities, morning tea and a BBQ lunch, Melanie hopes that staff and students become aware of the effects that bullying has on those involved.
“Bullying itself has been a big part of my life, in society and in everyone’s life,” says Melanie, a NASC Leadership student.
“I hope to bring awareness on how it affects other people, so that we can avoid being bullies.
“Also to bring attention that there is support and people available. That there is a shoulder to cry on,” says Melanie.
Safe and Supportive School Communities (SSSC) Working Group reports that 84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person and that the most commonly reported motivator for bullying was enhancing social status.
Caitlin H., a student volunteer for Bullying. No Way! hoped that everyone had a good time during the event.
“Why wouldn’t you support it?” says Caitlin.
“It affects the people getting bullied, it affects bystanders to the whole thing, pretty much everyone gets involved, one way or another.”
To know how you can help prevent and stop bullying, please check the Bullying. No Way! website for further information.