An anniversary passed by quietly on Sunday.
It’s now eight years and counting since Safe Schools Manitoba severed its professional relationship with me and the Free Press. In that time, through all the stories about bullying and lethal incidents in North American schools, I’m not aware we’ve received a single call, fax, email, or news release about any of Safe Schools Manitoba’s programs, conferences, events, advice, solutions, or positions on anything involving school safety in Manitoba.
It was April 21, 2005, that Safe Schools Manitoba severed our relationship, after first delivering a lengthy attack on my character and integrity. Not the worst I’ve ever received from readers — but ranking up there.
The shootings in Newtown, the debate over Bill 18 and gay-straight alliances, you might think that the province’s publicly-funded anti-bullying school safety organization would be front and centre.
Recently I noticed a couple of my colleagues called Safe Schools Manitoba and published short interviews. But that hasn’t changed the silence that SSM directs at us, and it hasn’t changed my being persona non grata. I’m not aware of any other public school institution that won’t talk to me.
Ironically, I’m on the mailing list for Safe Schools Saskatchewan, and regularly hear about all the things that that organization is doing to make public schools in Saskatchewan safer.
Nancy, you fund Safe Schools Manitoba — are you OK with this?