Students raise awareness about bullying

IN WHAT is hoped to be an annual event, workplace skills training program students fought against bullying in their own way.

WORKPLACE SKILLS training students at one of the two tables at their anti-bullying day event Nov. 27. They are Debbie Provost

IN WHAT is hoped to be an annual event, workplace skills training program students at Northwest Community College fought against bullying in their own way.

After hearing on the internet about the death of Amanda Todd – a Burnaby high school student who took her life after years of bullying – they decided to honour her memory by promoting an anti-bully awareness event at the college, especially because college students use Facebook, where anyone could be vulnerable, said their instructor Pat Stone.

They chose Nov. 27th, which would have been Todd’s 16th birthday, putting up posters they made in computer class.

Some posters were words and pictures, each uniquely put together by the student, as well as some Wordle posters that described with chosen words the effects of bullying.

They gave away Hershey kisses, pink hand shapes with Stop Bullying written on them, and about 100 pink yarn bracelets as a symbolic protest against bullying at two tables – one in the cafeteria building and one in the trades building.

Michael Jensen from the student union also provided pins for the students to hand out on anti-sexism, anti-racism, and anti-homophobia.