Local police officer gives final anti-bullying lecture to students


February 13, 2014


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It was the last opportunity that Chris Coles (former Saugeen Shores Constable) had to press home with elementary school students the consequences of bullying.

Coles, recently with Saugeen Shores Police, brought his final anti-bullying message to Grades 4 - 8 students at Northport Elementary School in Port Elgin.

He lead students through an interactive question and answer period where students learned not only the consequences of being a bully, but also the consequences of simply being a bystander.  He also stressed the importance for students to tell an authority figure in a bullying situation.

In today's world of technology, Coles took the students through the world of cyber-bullying and the importance of not posting images and messages on the internet that would one day come back to 'haunt them'.  "Don't forget," he said, "once something is on the internet, it is there forever.  What you say today, or what you post in pictures, is there permanently.  It may seem funny at the time, but I can guarantee it won't be funny in the future.,"


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"It was very emotional," said Coles. "I really enjoy working with kids and it is the one part of the job that I will miss the most."

Coles is returning to his home in the U.K. for a few months and then plans to tour the United States for a year before deciding on future career plans.

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