A group of Grade 5 students in Regina learned some techniques to deal with bullies in a unique class taught by Grade 9 students.

The lesson, at Thom Collegiate in Regina, began with a skit by the older students who followed up with talk and discussion.

"I think it was really good 'cause lots of kids get bullied and if any of the bullies saw that [presentation] they might change their acts," Bella Middleton, a Grade 5 student, said.

 

'I think it's better because kids listen to kids.'—Sarah Crumly, Grade 9

Many of the students, in the presentation and watching, have first-hand experience with a bully.

Grade 9 student Sarah Crumly said sharing what they went through with fellow students makes the message more meaningful.

"I think it's better because kids listen to kids," Crumly said. "If it's a teacher they're just kind of like, 'Oh, I don't want to pay attention to them,' or something. But if it's a kid telling them, they'll listen more and then they'll kind of have a better feel for it."

Among the lessons learned was how to stand up to a bully or intervene when they see inappropriate behaviour.

At the end of the presentation, the youngsters pledge to do what they can to stop bullying.

"Now that everyone thinks of it as a bad thing, they will stop because they know it's bad," another Grade 5 student, Emma Braaten, said.

Many schools running anti-bully programs

Schools across Saskatchewan have made issues related to bullies a priority.

In Yorkton, students have taken part in a week-long series of programs about how to deal with bullying.

Students a St. Mary's School also took a pledge to respect, help and care for others.

"We know that it's not a normal thing to happen," Grade 7 student Cassidy Guy said. "It's not acceptable ... and there's lots of ways to stop it."

The school has also started a program called Recess Buddies, to support the message of providing support.

With files from CBC's Tiffany Cassidy