Garden Avenue Public School, Toronto is a respectful school filled with great kids who understand the meaning of community. These students look out for each other and encourage each other. They understand the importance of speaking up. They know a bystander is a person who sees or hears mean things, but does nothing about it. Don’t be a bystander, do something if you see meanness. Talk to the person later, tell a teacher or encourage your friends to do the right thing.
The majority of Garden Avenue Junior School students know to …
Be an Upstander, not a bystander!
A story from an anonomous contributor:
It happened nearly twenty years ago.
I saw him do it. I witnessed it with my own eyes.
He knew I saw him, but then afterwards, I swore I saw nothing.
I was afraid. I thought I should keep quiet. I thought that would support my friend.
I was wrong.
Living a lie is never the right thing to do.
I could have quietly gone to a trusted adult and reported what I saw.
It would have been the right thing to do. It would have been the responsible, respectable thing to do.
We shared a story with the Garden Avenue students today. The story was about a girl who felt terrible about someone she had bullied at a past school. She decided to do something about it. She decided to share her message with the world, about how awful a person can feel who has actually bullied someone.
Garden Avenue students obviously felt empathy for the girl as we shared the story.
Be caring. Be sensitive. Be empathetic. Be an upstander, not a bystander!
Stand Up Against Bullying, whenever you can.
Garden Avenue Junior Public School Principal, Ms. Martha Peterson constantly encourages her students to show respect, make the right choices, and be ‘upstanding’ citizens. Be inspired by Garden Avenue; be an upstander!