NEW GLASGOW – Cory Scott of New Glasgow was moved when his daughter came home from school crying because she’d been bullied.
From then on he knew he had to make a stand.
On Jan. 27, he started a Facebook group called ‘Bullies: Pictou County’s Cowards’ as a place for parents, kids and youth workers to gather, share stories and information.
“When my daughter came home, I just keep thinking, ‘How can we put a bigger dent in this issue?’”
What he aims to do is gather likeminded people who want to stop bullying. The Facebook page is his medium to share information and comments.
“There’s lots of information out there,” said Scott. “The problem is people can’t find it.”
He sees the Facebook page as a one-stop-shop for info. He’d used his contacts and there are already 18 people who want to help in the form of a committee.
The committee is diverse and includes concerned parents and citizens, a nurse and even a Crown prosecutor. One of the women on the committee helped to run an anti-bullying campaign in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prominent members of the community, such as MP Peter MacKay, have also expressed their support in the initiative.
Scott sees the committee working to help the bullies and those being bullied. “I’ll admit, the name of the group seems confrontational,” said Scott about the title, Bullies: Pictou County’s Cowards. “We want to help to resolve this issue and if changing the name has to happen, we’ll talk about it.”
The committee will meet tonight (Thursday) at the Trenton Youth Centre at 7 p.m. Scott said all are welcome to attend.
“I personally believe it is not the sole responsibility of the police and schools to combat bullying. As parents and as a community, we have to be active and not leave it up to someone else.”
A new survey about bullying from Ipsos Reid shows that a strong majority of Canadians (78 per cent) want more action to reduce bullying in their communities.
The survey reveals that 76 per cent of those surveyed think stronger anti-bullying legislation would be an effective way to reduce bullying. Ninety-four per cent also believe that teachers and school administrators share responsibility for preventing bullying.
The study also sheds light on the extent of bullying. Six in 10 of those surveyed (59 per cent) were bullied as a child or teenager, and 45 per cent suffered lasting harm.
The survey was commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) and Invesco Canada.
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