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Intimidation and anti-bullying
NSAL’s Approach to Intervention
- Bullying can take place in all types of environments: in school corridors, in the classroom, on the playground, in the streets, transportation to/from school, virtually (cyber bullying through cell phones, text messages, instant messages, e-mail, the internet) and even at home (between brothers and sisters).
- Bullying is a repeated action or remark that threatens, hurts, humiliates or frustrates another person.
- Bullying creates a feeling of distress in the person who is subjected to it.
- Victims are dominated by another person or group and find it hard to defend themselves.
- Bullying can be motivated by negative attitudes towards: ethnic origin, sexual identity/orientation, race, religion, gender, disability or an illness, a physical characteristic (weight, height, etc.), likes or dislikes, someone with whom the perpetrator was romantically involved.
- Bullying is not a simple argument, fight, conflict or difference of opinion between friends.
- Bullying can turn daily activities such as going to school or eating in the cafeteria into a nightmare.
- Bullying can even make victims sick or have thoughts of suicide.
- Talk to someone who you trust that can help the situation (parent, teacher, principal, etc…)
- Talk to the Anti-Bullying committee
- Try to ignore or walk away from the bully.
- Talk to your parents about it.
- Confront your bully. Ask them to stop. Walk away.
- Send the Anti-Bullying committee an email (remember the reporting will remain confidential)
Please refer to our anti-bullying policy and guide:
NORTH STAR ACADEMY LAVAL ACTION PLAN AGAINST BULLYING
Melanie Stonebanks at 450-973-9797
Bullying, drugs, suicide. Tel-Jeunes is a free, confidential bilingual resource for young people throughout Québec. It is available 24/7. 1-800-263-2266
Suicide is not an option.
Unfortunately, bullying and violence are risk factors for suicide. If you are concerned, thinking about suicide, or if you’d like to know how to help a friend or sibling who you think is at risk, call 1-866 APPELLE (277-3553). You will be directed to a counsellor in your region. Please note that some regions may not provide service in English. In such cases, you will be redirected to an English-language suicide prevention service.
This free, confidential helpline will connect you with a suicide prevention resource in your area any time, day or night, 7 days a week. You can also visit the Suicide Prevention Centre Web site in your area. The list of centres is available here. (French only).
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada's only telephone and online counselling service for kids and teens. The support is free, anonymous and confidential. Professional counsellors are available anytime, day or night, 365 days a year, to help with any problem, big or small.
Gay Line is a help line that provides information in response to questions regarding sexual orientation. The centre's services are offered free of charge throughout Québec, 7 days a week.
CSSS Health and Social services
Located in every region across Québec, the CSSS health and social services centres can help parents and young people deal with situations in which young people are being bullied.
For all urgent situations requiring immediate help, dial 9-1-1.
Directory of Québec Police Services
www.securitepublique.gouv.qc.ca/police/bottin-services-police.html (French only)
www.infocrime.org (French only)
RespectED: Violence & Abuse Prevention