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To raise awareness of the presence of bullying in schools, Kenora students (grade 4-6) gathered in a massive group of 600 to show their support for this cause.
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Thank you very much for your kind words. This event meant a lot to our students and staff. I was very proud of our students and very proud to be a part of it. The students put so much thought, and love into the flash mob, they all agreed that they felt their message was heard. Bullying is a crisis and hopefully this flash mob helped students realize that they are not alone! I feel very passionately about creating classrooms, schools, and communities where all students feel safe and respected. I hoped that this event was one step toward that.
Again thank you for your support!
Paul J Murphy
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News Report :
Kenora flash mob impact ripples through the region Posted 23 hours ago
Miner and News
The Kenora Flash Mob wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
Thunder Bay’s Paul Murphy has shared the inspiration he felt throughout the Internet by distributing the video of 800 Kenora students dancing on Main Street in matching pink t-shirts last month.
“The feedback I’m getting from Kenora Flash Mob is amazing,” he said. “The dance they did just knocked me off. I don’t need anybody telling me about bullying. All you have to do is watch that video and it’s about promoting acceptance — promoting who you are today and from now on. What Kenora flash mob does is open the door in a whole new way. We have dance programs in the US for physical activity. What’s the by-product of being a bit more active? Eating better, feeling better, having a bit more self-esteem.”
Murphy has been off work for over seven years, victimized by the stigma of obesity in his job as a jail guard. He has been connecting with individual efforts among North American children and attempting to work his way into federal funding to start his own programming in Northwestern Ontario. The local Flash Mob struck a chord with his vision.
“I think we need to re-configure the war on childhood obesity,” he explained. “The problem is doctors in Canada are seeing eating disorders in kids under five (years-old). It’s not because of TV and computer games. It’s because the food environment has changed. There’s not a single piece of evidence that any of these programs have been successful.”
Murphy’s dream is to conduct a trial project on shared accountability and address obesity in the Kenora district.
“Overweight and obese children are not the enemy,” he said. “We want to tackle blood pressure. It’s a good indicator of fitness level. Could an overweight person be healthy? Are all overweight people unhealthy?”
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Paul I would love to see this happen in Thunder Bay I would be willing to spend some of my time making this happen as well I have a 13 year old grand daughter who would love to make up the dance let me know lets rock thunder bay
I urge you, the viewer ,to find time to see and share this fantastic video from Kenora,Ontario Canada. Grade 4 to 6 students addressing Bullying. AMAZING !!
It is about Acceptance.
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