October 20, 2020

West Bay students and cops stand up to bullying


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWest Bay Neighbourhood cops spread the anti-bullying message to more than 200 primary school students last week.

PCs Sharon Baillie and Leslie Franklin delivered 11 presentations at Sir John A Cumber Primary School between Monday 14 October and Friday 18 October. The presentations covered the dangers of bullying, tips on how to spot bullying behaviour and advice about how to report bullying.

PC Baillie was delighted with the feedback from the students. “They were all very receptive to the presentations and we had some very interactive discussions about the issue,” she said. “It’s important for the RCIPS to be involved with the schools to promote these serious messages and make sure that the students know that they can turn to a parent, a teacher or a police officer if they need to talk about bullying or make a report. We intend to take these presentations into other schools in the district over the next few weeks.”

Elysia Murray, SJACPS School Counselor, said “As a school we are appreciative of the time that the community police officers have invested in serving Sir John A Cumber Primary school.  Officers Baillie and Franklin were able to reinforce a number of the principles already taught to our students and highlight elements, such as respect and tolerance, which are only two of our Primary Years Program Attitudes which form part of our daily conversations as an International Baccalaureate institution.

“The Officers also presented the repercussions of bullying from a police perspective which we believe will positively impact our students and force them to think twice before participating in bullying behaviour.”

The students all wore their pink ‘stood up‘ t-shirts on Friday to demonstrate their stand against bullying.

Pictured: PCs Baillie and Franklin with students from Year 5 and their teacher Mrs. Powery-Tatum.



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