Anti-bullying walk planned

Anti-bullying walk planned in Port Hardy in memory of a Port Coquitlam teenager who committed suicide due to bullying.

Dear editor,

In memory of the 15-year-old Port Coquitlam teenager who committed suicide on Oct. 10 due to bullying, I am inviting the citizens of Port Hardy, Port Alice and Port McNeill to a candle-lit walk this Friday in Port Hardy.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., everyone who chooses to attend will meet at the parking lot at Government Wharf. The walk will begin at 7 p.m., follow the seawall around Carrot Park, up the hill to the high school and around the school on Granville St. to finish back at the wharf.

A large attendance to this event would mean a great deal to me, as I was once in a position where I thought the only way out was suicide. It has been a long struggle to get where I am today; I am hoping to show all high-school students that bullying is not OK and it can make a major impact on a person’s life.

I have created a Facebook page called The Anti-Bullying Cause which has a link to this event. Please refer your children, friends and family members to the page so we as a community can show that suicide is not the way out — finding a good support group is.

I hope to see you all there.

Courtney Hamilton

Port Hardy