RCMP OFFICER CAMPAIGNS TO END BULLYING

Constable Tad Milmine is a five-year RCMP veteran who spent his teenage years a victim of bullying. Today, Milmine, inspired to take his personal struggle public following the suicide of an Ontario youth in 2011, is spending his time talking to BC teens about the real effects of bullying.

“I am 38 years old and I can still remember every detail about the bullying that happened to me as an introverted, shy and scared teenager,” says Milmine. “Those incidents, which are mild compared to what many teens are enduring in today’s high tech, high visibility world, have haunted me for years. Today, as a member of the RCMP, I have the ability to talk to young people in an attempt to make them understand the true effects of bullying from someone who’s endured it, and to let the victims know that there is hope.”

Milmine began this campaign following the suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, an openly gay Ontario youth bullied relentlessly for his sexuality. He created a website, www.bullyingendshere.ca with the goal of telling his own story as well as Jamie’s, to attempt to show young people the effects of bullying, but even more to become a resource for the victims.

Through word of mouth promotion Constable Milmine, who has undertaken this mission entirely on his personal time and at his own expense, has been invited to schools across British Columbia and Ontario (where he grew up and his story was first told), including a number of upcoming appearances:

  • November 8 – Sardis Secondary, Chilliwack
  • November 15 – George Jay Elementary School, Victoria
  • November 16 - École Quadra Secondary, Victoria
  • November 21 & 23 – Terry Fox Secondary, Port Coquitlam
  • December 3 – 7 – Various high schools, elementary schools, community associations and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Prince George

“When the bullying happened to me I endured it alone. I never acted on the dark thoughts that I had during those times, but when I heard about some of the young people taking their own lives out of desperation I could relate to their pain and knew I had to do something to try to help,” says Milmine. “What scares and inspires me the most is that over 10% of the kids I speak to reach out to me afterwards to ask for help or support. Our kids need help and they need it now. Hopefully I can provide them some guidance by directing them to the right social service or law enforcement agency in their area to get them the help they need, or simply to let them know they are not alone.”

For more information visit: www.bullyingendshere.ca

 

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