Empowered against bullying

Mar. 15, 2019 | A guest speaker shook the chapel yesterday with a moving presentation about bullying.
Yesterday afternoon, our regular Cadets schedule was replaced with a conference about bullying. Alain Pelletier, a Quebec-based speaker, has been holding conferences about bullying across Canada with students of all ages. After relating a victim's perspective on the issue through an emotionally charged theatrical performance, he broke from his character to speak to students about how we can work to solve bullying. He explained that simply declaring that we are 'against bullying' disregards the subtle ways that bullying is allowed to persist. "I called up all of your parents," he jokingly remarked to illustrate his point, "and not one of them said 'Alain, I actually think my child would make a great punching bag.'" Despite a consensus that bullying is wrong, Mr. Pelletier explained that identifying and stopping it can be a much more difficult task. Bullies may not always realize the damage they are inflicting and victims may not be able to effectively deal with the problem themselves. The solution lies in the hands of the bystanders, the people who see unacceptable behaviour and must find the strength to raise their concerns to members of our community who are equipped to handle these situations.

Thank you to Mr. Pelletier for the powerful presentation and to Mr. Tessier, Ms. Gagnon, and the rest of our Student Life team for continuing to actively promote a supportive school culture that has no tolerance for bullying.

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.