Statement from the Minister of Education on Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Today, Laurel Broten, Minister of Education, released the following statement on Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week:
"Today and every day this week, thousands of students from across Ontario will be recognizing Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote awareness and understanding of bullying.
We've all heard the saying that there is strength in numbers, and that is exactly what this week is about. This is our opportunity to come together - as educators, students, school administrators, parents and government leaders - to make it clear that every single student has the right to feel safe, included and accepted in our schools.
This year, for the first time, we're recognizing Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week as part of the Accepting Schools Act. This important piece of legislation is making every Ontario school a safer, more accepting place to learn while ensuring all students have the support they need to grow and reach their full potential.
As we recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, I'm also pleased to officially launch this year's Premier's Awards for Accepting Schools, previously known as the Premier's Safe Schools Awards. These awards recognize Ontario's safe schools teams for the exceptional and innovative work they have done in creating a safe and accepting school environment.
Let's remember it isn't just the big gestures that create safe and accepting schools. It's the way you speak up for those who feel that they can't. It's also the way you listen and support those who need a friendly ear to hear their worries.
We're all responsible for creating schools where bullying, discrimination, racism and homophobia are not accepted. I encourage you to take a moment every day - and especially this week - to think about the things you can do to make sure that everyone around you feels respected, valued, and accepted."