‘Don’t be Afraid’ says Scott Jones campaign

Published on November 19, 2013
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. 
KIM DICKSON – SUBMITTED

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.