October is national anti-bullying awareness month

E.R.A.S.E. Bullying stands for expect respect and a safe education.

  • Oct. 21, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

E.R.A.S.E. Bullying stands for “expect respect and a safe education”. This is the anti-bullying strategy you can find on the Fort St. James Secondary School website.

Principal, Craig Houghton, says that bullying is a problem and that it’s such a loose term today because of the high amount of incidents and because there are so many different types of bullying.

“It’s all about education,” Houghton said. We try to educate everyone about bullying and what it is. We educate those who bully and those who have been bullied. We care about education first,” he said.

Every incident at the secondary school is taken seriously. Houghton says that their code of conduct is in place in these instances and police are called to intervene if necessary.

Various events also take place throughout the year to promote awareness about bullying including grade 8 retreat days, family days and a school youth worker is always on hand.

Houghton says that today, about 80% of incidents involve cyberbullying. “It seems to be the most difficult and the most harmful,” Houghton said. “And it does not just stay within our school, but it spreads from our students to other students from different schools as well,” he said.

“We need to know more about this and continue to educate everyone as much as we can,” Houghton said.

On Nov. 3rd, the Canadian Red Cross will be hosting a lasagna dinner for parents, children, teachers and community members.

The theme is, “Promoting Safe Relationships”. The training objectives include: understanding the dynamics of bullying understanding the guidelines to promoting healthy relationships and learning how to support children or youth who are experiencing bullying.

The event will be held in the old FSJSS gym at 6pm.

For more information regarding E.R.A.S.E. Bullying visit: fsjss.school.bcschoolweb.ca

Important Facts about Bullying:

*Punching, shoving, teasing, spreading bad rumours, keeping certain people out of a group, getting certain people to “gang-up” on others are all forms of bullying

*One in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying

*25% of children in grades 4 to 6 have been bullied

*Bullying occurs once every 7 minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom

*In majority of cases, bullying stops within 10 seconds when peers intervene, or do not support the bullying behaviour

*Adults who were bullied as children are more likely to suffer from depression in adulthood.

*Between 10% and 15% of high school students are victims.

*11% of secondary students bully other youngsters at least once a year.

http://www.stopabully.ca/bullying-resources/bullying-statistics

 

Just Posted

Editorial: Actions speak louder than (Facebook) words

When Facebook first made its mainstream debut on the web, it was… Continue reading

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Column: 2018 could be a record year for Douglas fir seed production

Columnist Jim Hilton tries his hand a fir-cone picking

USW strike action concludes after one day in Williams Lake

Union vice-president says talks resume in Kelowna Wednesday

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Most Read