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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
NEWS RELEASE                   
Greater Essex County District School Board 451 Park Street West, Windsor ON N9A 6K1
519-255- 3200
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 18, 2013
Contact: Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury
Phone: 519-255-3200 ext. 10224
 
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
- students taking action for students -
 
Sixteen years ago, this month, Reena Virk was attacked and drowned beneath the Craigflower Bridge in British Columbia. She was a victim of extreme bullying and unfortunately, none of her peers had the courage to intervene and prevent the tragedy. The Greater Essex County District School Board is participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help create a positive environment for everyone.
 
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed a resolution recognizing Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (Nov. 18-22) and GECDSB’s Safe School Teams will have activities that center around awareness of what  bullying is and the large impact it has on the overall school environment.
 
“Everyone has a role to play in helping to make Ontario’s schools safer. By participating in bullying awareness and prevention activities, you and your school will be effecting positive change in student achievement and well-being.” Deputy Minister, Kevin Costante.
 
Based off the death of Virk, Walkerville Collegiate Institute  students are performing their play, “My Daughter Veera” for all Grade 7 students in the GECDSB: morning and afternoon performances on November 18th and 19th at Essex District High School; on the 26th, 27th, and 28th performances at Walkerville C.I., including a performance open o the public on the Wednesday evening.
 
Many schools are  taking assertive action of their own to build positive relationships in their school communities with public service style announcements each morning and the use of on-line resources in the classroom.
 
For more information contact Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury @ 519-255-3200 ext. 10224.