X – Out Bullying

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FACT: Every 7 minutes someone is bullied on the playground.
FACT: Every 25 minutes someone is bullied in the classroom.
Source: The Canadian Safe School Network. “Facts on Bullying.” 2002

The X-Out Bullying program is a partnership with the Antigonish Town and County RCMP and the St. Francis Xavier Department of Athletics and Recreational Services and its varsity athletes, in cooperation with the Strait Regional School Board and Ecole Acadienne de Pomquet, making a commitment to speak to all Grade 4 classes who request the presentation about this important issue bullying in Antigonish Town and County. Requests would come from the local schools to the RCMP Community Liaison Officer Constable Jennifer Arnold from the Antigonish Detachment for the anti-bullying campaign presentation. Presentations will take place in January, February and March, but can be booked at any time of the year.

The program was designed and started in 2004 by then StFX Athletics Marketing & Community Development Coordinator, in conjunction with the RCMP. DeFazio is a former Police Officer with the Ottawa Police Service and Behavioural Consultant with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, and after a five year stay with StFX Athleitcs, is now employed as the Director of the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club.

X – Out Bullying

The X-Out Bullying program will include speeches and a skit from our athletes, RCMP and Athletics staff. Athletes will appear in uniform and be well-prepared by our staff and the RCMP. The athletes break the class into groups and speak about pro-active solutions to bullying, with an emphasis on a team approach utilizing the bystander group. The students and athletes brainstorm out a contract with three main areas to focus on in their classroom, school and community. A Kind Act box is left behind to record all good deeds that take place in the classroom after we leave. The program returns in late spring to reward the kids with a Subway party, and a follow-up progress report. Autograph and photo sessions will be available after the workshop. The program itself is targeted for grade 4 classes and as well community presentations at StFX University.