April 2002
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Cassidy Wiseman, 17, St. John's, NF
School violence. It was pretty scary to see two kids in Corner Brook being arrested because they were supposedly planning to attack kids in their school. Teachers, parents here in Nfld. probably think bullying is not a problem in our little province. But it is...it happens all the time....So please, please look and pay attention to those that need your help!! If someone says they are being harrassed believe them. If someone looks depressed, unhappy, their behaviour has changed...pay attention PLEASE!!!

Chad Benoit, 16, Mississauga, ON
Bullies. Going to school should be a learning experience. For a lot of kids, including me, it means learning how to survive. Survive the constant harrassment by gangs at school, surviving being pushing around and kicked when you go to the bathroom.

Darrin Cummings, 14, St. John's, NF
Regarding teasing/bullying in schools. I'm one of the lucky ones. I haven't been picked on but my twin sister deals with this all the time. She's 13 and for some reason a group of girls at our school verbally harrass her. She made me promise not to tell and I didn't. That is until a couple of weeks ago when I saw what happened to that girl in BC. I persuaded her to talk to Mom and Dad. No it hasn't stopped even though our parents went to the principal and teachers about it. Cassie still hates going to school and will not walk the hallways by herself or walk home by herself.

Jason Banfield, 15, Moncton, NB
Bullying in schools. Teachers seem to want to ignore what's happening in schools. For the past year I've been harrassed and teased almost every day. I reported to my homeroom teacher and he said that it was nothing, they are just fooling around. Yeah right! Finally, I told my parents who contacted the principal. Has it stopped! No! So next year I move to another school. This is not a solution. Action has to be taken by schools to stop this problem.

Mandy Jacobs, 15, Surrey, BC
Your theme - tolerance. I agree with what students have said. More has to be done. Thankfully I'm not a victim. I find that teachers and our principal seem to dismiss it as 'just kids fooling around' or 'its just something all kids go through at some point'. Maybe that is how it starts but it gets out of hand real fast. There is not a day goes by that some kid in our school doesn't get beat up (and I don't mean just shoved around). It's like gangs of students (boys and girls) physically hitting/punching a kid. It usually happens right after school just outside the school yard.

Leslie Mackenzie, 17, Oakville, ON
BullyingI was heartbroken when I saw the news about another teen who ended his life because he was bullied. It is a serious problem in schools across Canada. It certainly is in our school. Thankfully right now I'm not a target but I know plenty of students who are, especially in junior high.

Michael Gavin, 14, St, Stephens, NB
Violence in schoolsThank you for allow us space to express our views. Your theme of 'Tolerance' couldn't be more timely. Last week we had an incident at our school where five students attacked a boy not far from our school. Things like this happen every day. I've been harrassed and teased. It makes you fear coming to school. You certainly can't tell anyone because it just makes things worse.

Jason Power, 16, Halifax, NS
School Violence. I don't understand why students resort to intimidation and violence. It's like they have something to prove or feel they need to control something in their life. Bullies have been around schools for a long time. Just ask your parents. However, today it's being talked about more and seems to be taken to the extreme.

Angela Baxter, 15, Mount Pearl,NF
Bullying. People get attacked in our school every day. Verbally and physically. I've been harrassed and teased for the past year. It's stopped now thanks to my mom and our school's principal and guidance counsellor. If it's happening to you, don't keep it to yourself. Tell someone! It's the only way.

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