(SACKVILLE, N.B.) – Four members of the Mount Allison Mounties women’s hockey team paid a visit to Cumberland North Academy in Amherst, N.S. last week to take part in the WITS anti-bullying program.
WITS is an acronym standing for “Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help”, four simple conflict resolution strategies aimed at helping young people deal with bullying in a safe and effective way.
Mounties forward Hailey Munroe, along with team captain Kristen Cooze and assistant captains Megan Cameron and Lindsay James participated in a school assembly focussed on delivering an anti-bullying message and teaching students the WITS peer victimization prevention methods.
Munroe, a third-year geography student from Ottawa, Ont., said the assembly involved herself, her teammates and several other members of the community coming together to deliver this important message to students. “It was emphasized that these kids are not alone,” she said. “Whether it be teachers, friends, parents, firefighters, police or even us as student-athletes, they have people to talk to.”
The WITS acronym, Munroe said, proved to be a valuable teaching tool to help children understand how to deal with the issue of bullying. “It was an honour to be a part of it,” she continued. “Seeing the children engage in this kind of program is truly inspirational.”
Munroe stressed the value in coming together as a community to tackle an issue such as bullying that affects so many young people. “I look forward to taking part in other events in the future and representing Mount Allison and Mounties student-athletes,” she said.