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Student Response to Bullying Inspires National Movement

Student Response to Bullying Inspires National Movement

A courageous act against bullying by a student in Canada is receiving national attention for its positive approach to stop cyberbullying and other oppressive acts. 

Caitlin Prater-Haacke, high school student at McDougall High School in Airdrie opened her locker on September 25 to find that someone broke in and used her iPad to send a message telling her to die, said an article on TorontoSun.com. In response, Caitlin wrote hundreds of Post-it notes with positive messages and spread them across the school. 

"Bullying is not necessarily addressed, and people get really down about it, I wanted to do something positive - it was about due time," said Caitlin.

The school, the article said, didn't see it as a "proactive and positive approach", however. Caitlin was "taken out of the classroom and yelled at for littering."

"I don't understand when my kid is bullied, nothing happens, but when she tries to do something positive, she is punished," said Caitlin's mother, Nicole Haacke, in an article on CalgarySun.com

Haacke then took to Facebook where she received more than 400 comments of support, and the community was so impressed by Caitlin's act that they launched a campaign, "Positive Post-it Day" in response for October 9. 

The larger community, the article said, "then banded together to launch a new anti-bullying campaign called Positive Post-it Day, which encourages people to leave anonymous notes of kindness for one another on Oct. 9." Staples in Airdrie was also "giving away Post-it notes to support the campaign."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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