Students take stand against bullying

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Even though it takes different forms, bullying is still prevalent in post-secondary institutions, say St. Clair College students.

Thames Student Inc. (TSI) and students in the child and youth worker program plan to mark Anti-Bullying Day in style on Wednesday, handing out pink T-shirts and raising awareness.

"Bullying is huge out in the community," said Chantelle Bernicky, TSI community affairs director, on Tuesday. "It's progressed from high schools into the college atmosphere."

The event will feature presentations and giveaways. There will also be an awareness march on March 20, which will go from the campus to downtown Chatham.

Bernicky said about 150 shirts have been sold at a dollar each already, with proceeds going to Easter Seals. The rest will be given away.

Personal support worker student Julie Osborne, who has experienced bullying, said there tends to be more exclusion at the post-secondary level.

She said cyberbullying is becoming more common, and called it crucial for students to join together and support each other.

"It's extremely important," she said. "Now you have the social media (issues.)"

Bernicky believes it sends a positive message to young children when older students show that bullying can happen anywhere and that they're not alone.

Andrea Brown, TSI operations manager, said more and more people are becoming involved.

"What we're trying to do is lead by example (and) make everybody feel welcome," she said. "We try to include everybody."




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