Did Travis Price, founder of the anti-bullying movement in Nova Scotia, realize last week the person in the pink shirt, Premier Christy Clark, was the Minister of Education when funding cuts resulted in significantly less counselling time and fewer adults to supervise and support student behaviour on the school grounds, hallways and in classrooms?
Of course not. He was just doing his best to be a voice and a presence for good. I have spoken with parents who are desperately trying to cope with bullying. I encourage all parents and members of the community to send an email to their MLA, the premier and the Minister of Education, explaining that they have connected the dots and the unintended consequences for our children are not OK.
Breaking the chain of bullying requires support and supervision for children in schools, and cuts to supports and counselling are a direct result of Clark’s decisions while minister. Wearing a pink shirt will not change that.
Trustee, SD 61
(Editor’s note: Ms. Nohr is a former Greater Victoria Teacher’s Association representative)