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Clearview shows that bullying is not OK!

Clearview Public School Release February 25, 2021 @ 5:45 published at 6pm

Clearview Board and Superintendent

Pink Shirt Day raises awareness on bullying prevention, a big part of Clearview’s belief that we all belong.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Clearview School Board and Central Office staff joined all our schools in wearing pink to support bully prevention awareness, education and programs.

Everyone has a role to play in promoting positive mental health and wellness, supporting students, positive social behaviour and preventing incidents like bullying. There needs to be an integrated approach to prevent, address and/or reduce bullying, by developing the right partnerships with schools, parents, community and police.

“Clearview is proud to support this initiative, and Pink Shirt Day is something that all our schools participate in. Bullying has no place in any of our schools, and opportunities like this provide a platform to make sure the voices of those that believe bullying is not OK are heard. Clearview is a place where we all belong. I have always believed that when we stand up for those that need our support, we are all better together.” - Superintendent Brenda MacDonald

Students who feel safe are free to develop in healthy ways are far less likely to be involved in inappropriate activities. Students who are learning and thriving take pride in themselves, their school, their accomplishments and the accomplishments of those they are connected to.

Setting a positive school climate and culture will help the tone for a child’s learning. To do this, staff, parents and community must model behaviour and attitudes that are positive, respectful, fair and caring.

This means creating a school climate that is equitable, inclusive, diverse, tolerant, respectful and accepting. By doing this, we will move towards reaching our goal of making Clearview schools inclusive places of learning. Please see our Policy 19 – Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Environments.

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.” - Globe & Mail


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