Stu­dents rally against bul­ly­ing

School walk-out comes days af­ter CEC stu­dent su ered vi­o­lent as­sault in a hall­way

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County - BY FRAM DINSHAW

Lo­cal stu­dents walked out of classes bear­ing plac­ards Fri­day, with some wear­ing pink shirts to protest bul­ly­ing in Truro.

The 30 or so stu­dents from Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre took to the streets less than two weeks af­ter a Grade 12 stu­dent was vi­o­lently as­saulted by an­other at the school, trig­ger­ing an out­cry on so­cial me­dia.

“I’d say we don’t want it any­more and we’re done with it and if you sup­port (us) then go ahead and if you don’t, then you’re part of our prob­lem,” said the vic­tim, as oth­ers ap­plauded.

e stu­dent said her ex­pe­ri­ence made her want to help oth­ers who have been vic­tims of vi­o­lent crimes such as as­sault, adding she wanted to study hu­man ser­vices at univer­sity to this end.

The stu­dent and her class­mates walked for about an hour through Truro, on a route tak­ing in Prince Street, the Civic Square and Es­planade Street be­fore loop- ing back to CEC. eir ac­tion was called the Jus­tice Walk-out on so­cial me­dia.

“It’s not a protest, it’s just a sup­port walk for (the stu­dent) here, who was as­saulted last Mon­day by a girl I will not name. Ba­si­cally, we don’t tol­er­ate bul­ly­ing or any ag­gres­sive acts for any­one, to­wards any­one on any­one,” said Grade 12 stu­dent Mikayla Wat­son.

Stu­dents at the walk­out also called on the prov­ince to pass leg­is­la­tion or­der­ing any stu­dent con­victed of a vi­o­lent of­fence – ei­ther in or out of school – to un­dergo a men­tal health as­sess­ment be­fore be­ing al­lowed back into school.

is echoed an ear­lier de­mand made by par­ents on so­cial me­dia soon af­ter the al­leged as­sault oc­curred.

The al­leged at­tacker was ar­rested, charged with as­sault with a weapon and was also given a 10day sus­pen­sion from CEC.

Par­ents and stu­dents say this is not enough.

“We’re ba­si­cally show­ing our sup­port through these signs and just walk­ing peace­fully away from the school,” said Wat­son.

FRAM DINSHAW/ TRURO NEWS

Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre stu­dents marched through the streets of Truro on Fri­day in a show of sup­port for a class­mate who was as­saulted last week at the high school.

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