Today is Stand Up Against Bullying Day in all public schools across the province. Students are encouraged to focus on healthy relationships and building stronger communities in an attempt to continue to build respect, communication and healthy conflict resolution skills, while reducing the incidents of bullying and cyberbullying.
In today’s Spotlight on Public Safety blog posting, S/Sgt. Scott MacDonald highlights an inspirational anti-bullying poem created by Rhianna Edstrom-Hendsbee, a grade five student at South Woodside School in Dartmouth. S/Sgt. MacDonald posted an audio file of Rhianna reciting her poem, as well as a photo of her posing with her School Response Officer, Cst. Andrew MacVicar.
HRP School Response Officers take a proactive approach to preventing bullying through the delivery of educational programs and by being an ongoing presence in our schools. They also staff HRP’s Bullying hotline, a resource for parents, teachers and students. Phone calls, texts and emails are answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, with an answering machine taking messages after hours and on weekends. Citizens can contact the HRP Bully Hotline at 490-SAVE (7283), text 233-SAVE or firstname.lastname@example.org.