Every effort to combat bullying is commendable—and kudos to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association in challenging the community to participate in this year’s “International Day of Pink” on April 9.
The good intentions ring hollow, however, in light of persistent whispers that a local student has been the subject of merciless bullying to the point that Fort Frances may lose—or is, in fact, losing—a high-profile professional.
It is galling to think, given the extensive media coverage of late on bullying and its impacts, not to mention all the anti-bullying campaigns in the schools, that this behaviour still exists in our community.
Equally galling—despite all the hand-wringing and pledges of “zero tolerance”—is that it seemingly goes on with impunity.
Thanks to the reprehensible, repugnant, disgraceful actions of a few dolts, a family that chose to call Fort Frances home has been devastated.
But the whole town may well suffer the consequences, both in the short-term loss of a much-needed professional and, longer term, potentially irreparable damage to any image of being a “friendly, family-oriented” community, which is so key to attracting new residents.
Mending this shameful black eye clearly will take more than wearing pink once a year.