|STUDENTS URGED TO OVERCOME BULLYING SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN –CANADA SAYS #CuttheBull|
ONTREAL, APRIL 5, 2016- Did you know that 75 percent of people say they have been affected by bullying? Or that in 85 to 88 percent of bullying episodes, peers are present and when they have the courage to stand-up for the victim, the bullying stops within 10 seconds in the majority of cases?
What’s more, children with physical disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied, impacting their educational, physical and emotional development. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has therefore joined the fight to stop bullying with its #CuttheBull campaign and is touring schools to help get the message out that bullying is never okay.
Canada Shriners Hospital patient, 17-year-old Jeffrey, will have spoken at four English Montreal School Board elementary schools by the end of April: Cedarcrest and Parkdale in St. Laurent, Roslyn in Westmount and Dante in St. Léonard. He will be continuing his school tour in other EMSB schools, as well as at other school boards, in the fall.
The star of the bilingual school tour, Jeffrey speaks to students about his bullying experience and how he overcame it. Born without a right hand or right foot, Jeffrey was bullied due to his physical differences. Kids began calling him names when he was in grade one – something he was forced to deal with until grade nine. In grade seven, the bullying turned physical one afternoon after school, as he was beaten up by a group of boys. Through it all, Jeffrey turned towards his friends, parents, principal and the school psychologist seeking help. “I blamed myself for a long time,” Jeffrey admits. “But I realized that I don’t have to change for these bullies. They should learn to accept me. I now know that if I can overcome bullying, I can overcome anything… but it took a lot of people helping me to realize that.”
Canada Shriners Hospital encourages children and adults alike to visit CutTheBull.org and see how they can help create a more positive, accepting environment for kids living with disabilities. Supporters can also share their anti-bullying stories and purchase #CutTheBull t-shirts, with proceeds going to Shriners Hospitals for Children to provide life-changing care to kids.
Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada has also partnered the ZONED Comics Contest and are encouraging kids and teens to participate. Those of all ages are asked to write about a bullying experience or a superhero brave enough to prevent or stop bullying without violence. The winners get their stories drawn as comic books by Marvel comics!! Submit your story today! Go to zonedcomics.com. Kids of any age can enter. Submissions can be in English or French. Deadline is June 30, 2016!
Michael J. Cohen