Students in the Faculty of Education took part in an anti-bullying campaign after a student noticed educators were virtually absent from such campaigns.‘I pledge.’Brock’s education students are using this simple, powerful phrase to combat bullying thanks to a concurrent education student who noticed something was missing in anti-bullying campaigns.Last winter break while doing research for a paper, Megan Peach discovered that while there were plenty of students and public figures in anti-bullying videos, teachers were noticeably absent. Peach saw that as an opportunity to craft a strategy that would change how bullying is approached, particularly by educators.“I came across some shocking statistics of recent teen and child suicides in Ontario and was really taken back,” Peach said. “I started watching anti-bullying YouTube videos posted by students, celebrities and politicians, but not a single video showcased an educator.”The absence of educators in front of the camera was the snowflake that caused Peach’s findings to snowball into action and planning.When she returned to campus in January, Peach shared her findings with her classmates and together, they began to devise ways to bring educators to the forefront in preventing bullying.“I wrote an original script and as more people got involved, we added lines and new ideas,” she said. “We made announcements in our classes and received an overwhelming amount of support and involvement from students and professors.”The result was a written pledge – an affirmation to stand up to bullying – complemented by a video that challenges the viewer to eliminate stereotypes and victimization.The four-minute video depicts Brock students holding up signs that show reasons they were bullied while growing up.Words, such as braces, fat, loner, teacher’s pet and ugly, are prominent in the early stages of the video but replaced by positive messages, such as equity, empathy, respect, understanding and hope, as each student pledges to eradicate bullying.“It was very empowering to witness so many students get involved and take time out of their busy lives to share their bullying experiences and take action as future teachers,” Peach said.And while the education students have taken the anti-bullying pledge, so, too, have teachers and students in schools throughout the province.Peach credited two people in particular with making the project such a success.Bryce Honsinger, a professor who opened up his classroom for feedback and filming, was a “huge help and motivator” while fellow student Liam Dinsmore worked behind the camera and in the editing suite.“The project would not have been possible without their help and support,” Peach said.For more information, visit Brock Educators Against Bullying.
A police dashcam filmed the dramatic moment a heroic police officer skillfully stopped an unconscious driver on a motorway.The driver was a mother who collapsed unconscious behind the wheel of a car with her baby in the back.PC Danny Pattison was on patrol when he got the call to say a Peugot 206 had been spotted driving erratically along the A42 and M1.The officer arrived close to junction 23 where he saw the runaway car weaving across all three lanes.In the video, the dashcam shows how PC Pattison skillfully rammed the car off the motorway before driving in front to stop it. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “I knew the only thing I could do is try and slow the car down but I also knew that could end badly.”But during the bit on the footage were she went towards the curb I felt helpless and my heart sank, which is why I made the decision not to wait for the other police cars to come to me and I had to force her into the barrier.”I gently pulled up alongside and began to push the car against the barrier and then as it slowed I pulled across the front of it.”The woman was still unconscious and her foot was on the accelerator but I managed to get it to stop.”After the dramatic rescue, PC Pattison’s colleague brought the woman out of her coma with a bar of chocolate he had with him for his lunch.Paramedics checked over the mother and child but either had any injuries. Pc Pattison said: “My colleague Tom, who was in the car behind, had effectively stopped any other cars passing me, giving me an open road in front.”I pulled up alongside and saw the woman with her head completely back, staring at the roof of the car. She was out, she was obviously unconscious.”Then I saw the child in the back, about 18 months old.”I thought: ‘This is going to end up with her and the baby getting killed’ so I ran through in my head all the options I had.