Signs will display anti-bully message

Summerland will have an anti-bullying message in place as 18 signs will be set up at parks and beaches around the community.

Summerland will have an anti-bullying message in place as 18 signs will be set up at parks and beaches around the community.

Tina Martin of Bully Free Summerland asked for the signs at the Feb. 11 municipal council meeting.

Martin hopes the municipality will later set up additional signs with anti-bullying messages at all public spaces within the community.

The request was granted in the lead-up to Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 26, a national initiative to speak out against bullying.

According to a 1999 study by the University of British Columbia, 64 per cent of Grade 8 to 10 students surveyed had been bullied and 12 per cent were bullied once a week or more often.

The request for the first phase of the signs was approved unanimously.