Souris students 'stand up' to bullying

Mitch MacDonald
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Souris Consolidated School students can barely contain their excitement after taking a “Stand Up!” pledge against bullying in the school’s gymnasium Thursday. 

SOURIS — More than 300 students at Souris Consolidated School took a pledge Thursday to “stand up” to bullying during a special ceremony at the school.

The school invited the community to take part in the ceremony, which saw students share acts of kindness they had recently accomplished and take a pledge against bullying.

 “We’ve come together as a school community to combat acts of bullying with acts of kindness,” said vice-principal Lynn Sherren during the ceremony.

Sherren added that students and staff were inspired by a school in the United States.

With the U.S. school having many homeless children enrolled, the principal organized a “Be Kind Friday” every week.

While students were encouraged to treat others justly every day of the week, Be Kind Friday saw all children wear a special shirt to remind themselves about this and were encouraged to do something nice for someone.

In Thursday’s ceremony here, representatives from each class went forward to describe acts of kindness they had recently accomplished. Those ranged from bagging groceries to making cookies for the entire school, raising food for the local food bank and helping the janitor.

As each rep finished, their classmates all put on the school’s own special shirt designed by Grade 7 student Cole Dalton.

Faculty member Dylan Taylor said staff decided to challenge the students to design a shirt expressing the school’s own anti-bullying efforts.

“We put this challenge out to all grades,” said Taylor. “There were hundreds of tremendous designs, from the youngest to the oldest (students).”

Dalton’s winning submission was a bright orange shirt, which simply read “Stand Up!”

“I never would have thought my shirt would have won, when I saw everyone else’s (designs),” said Dalton on his peers’ efforts. “It’s amazing.”

Once everyone had their shirt on, the pledge was read.

“I am standing up to bullying. I pledge to use positive actions and words to stand up for myself and others in need,” students and staff read aloud together.

While hearing about the acts of kindness their children had done and seeing them take the pledge was the highlight for many parents at the ceremony, the kids got a special treat near the end when local musician Tim Chaisson took the stage for a surprise set.

Kids stomped and clapped to the hometown singer-songwriter, who in turn applauded the students for standing up against bullying.

“That was such a great presentation, you should all be very proud,” said Chaisson. “Make sure you treat everyone fairly. No matter who they are, what they look like or where they’re from.”

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  • Amber
    February 05, 2013 - 02:30

    It is good to know that there are lots of student are now comping up to stand against bullying this would give parents as well as students knowledge about bullying signs. As a parent, I have been aware of these bullying issues in schools around the state and I don't want my kids to be victims of such or worse potential bullies. So I worry about their safety every now and then. Thanks to my friend who introduce me this mobile-based application. This application is a silent alarm called the "panic button" that alerts a monitoring center so police will be dispatched to the exact location immediately. The selected family and trusted friends is automatically alerted via text, e-mail and phone call. Very amazing application.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 03, 2013 - 15:36

    I have yet to see a bully sign a pledge such as this, and if one did would you believe him? Stand up and get knocked down. If I had stood up to a bully when I was growing up I would have been immediately knocked down. This is not the right message to send if you do not want your child to come home with a bloody nose or worse. I also disagree with the BE KIND FRIDAY idea. We should be instilling the sense of doing right every day as stated above, but by having a "SPECIAL DAY" it will have the opposite effect by making all aware of that special day with special behaviors.

  • Susan Aylward Tierney
    February 03, 2013 - 15:35

    I AM STANDING UP TO BULLYING. I PLEDGE TO USE POSITIVE ACTIONS AND WORDS TO STAND UP FOR OTHERS IN NEED!"

  • Just sayin....
    February 03, 2013 - 14:41

    this type of rally needs to be held at Colonel Grey. Then again, the support of the prinicpal and teachers is needed. Way to go, Souris kids!!!!!