Sea of pink at student rally
© Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen-Record
Const. Dal Hutchinson of the Cumberland RCMP advises students to "Don't Be Cruel" during an anti-bullying rally at Oxford Regional Education Centre on Feb. 29.
OXFORD - If the loud and clear message from students did not frighten bullies at Oxford Regional Education Centre on Feb. 29, Const. Dal Hutchinson and his Elvis costume probably did.
The entire school, most dressed in some form of pink clothing, gathered in the gymnasium for an afternoon anti-bullying rally aimed at raising awareness at what many consider a growing problem in high schools.
Students, staff and special guests took part in musical presentations, video messages, dance routines and the aforementioned Elvis spoof by Hutchinson and his backup group, all aimed at spreading word that bullying will not be tolerated at the school. It was part of a nationwide campaign against bullying.
"We hope that you all learned a little about bullying and how to fight it," students' council co-president Abigail Wood told the students, at the end of the rally. "Today is the official anti-bullying day, but bullying still happens all year round. So we hope you focus on anti-bullying not only for today but every day."