‘Don’t be Afraid’ says Scott Jones campaign

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Council showed their support for a campaign started by friends of Scott Jones on Monday by getting their picture taken with a painting that reads “Don’t be Afraid.” Pictured from left are: Clyde Fraser, Henderson Paris, Barrie MacMillan, Trudy Vince, Jack Lewis, CAO Lisa MacDonald, Nancy Dicks and Troy MacCulloch. 

Don’t be afraid.

That’s the message Scott Jones and his friends want to spread.

Monday night, Sherise Jones, Scott’s sister, and a friend of his Charlotte Marchesseault appeared before the New Glasgow council to tell them about their campaign to help fight homophobia.

While police are not treating it as a hate crime, family and friends believe Jones was targeted because he is gay.

“Basically this a campaign that Scott started when he was still in ICU,” Sherise said.

 While in the hospital, he was already thinking of ways he could make good out of the bad situation.

Marchsseault, when she heard about the stabbing over thanksgiving weekend that left Jones paralyzed, instantly wanted to help.

She flew to Halifax to see Scott and when she went back to Montreal created a Facebook page on which she takes pictures of people holding a painting that says “Don’t be Afraid.”

With each picture that is posted is a message or statement against homophobia.

Earlier in the day the women had gone around New Glasgow getting quotes and pictures of people in town to go on the Facebook page and took a picture at the council meeting of the council holding signs.

“We’re trying to get lots of people to look at the Facebook page,” Marchesseault said.

The Facebook page “Don’t be Afraid” currently has more than 1900 Likes. 

Organizations: New Glasgow council

Geographic location: ICU, Halifax, Montreal New Glasgow

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  • Tom Wright
    November 20, 2013 - 14:02

    hi my name is tom wright . my husben and I lived in pictou ns for 5 years have just moved from there thank GOD . when my husben I lved there we had are windows smashed called u f--king fages I called the mayor of pictou he told me there was nothing him or the cops could do for us till I went to the news paper then thay did some thing .the town of pictou did noting for us .a few great people did lots for us one day my husben was on the front lawn kids were riding by on the bikes calld him a f--king f@g I called the cops and he said stick and stone will hunt you names never will there was one cop that came on about a year ago he was he best cop ever in that town that helped us so much scott and your family if theres any think I can to help please let me know tom wright