January 28th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 4
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Motivational magician delivers anti-bullying message to students
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Motivational magician Steve Harmer is combining his skills as an educator with his skills as a magician to bring an anti-bullying message to the students of Horace Allen School on Tuedsay, January 20.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Combining juggling, slight of hand, humour and education, motivational magician Steve Harmer delivered an anti-bullying message to the community’s school kids that was both informative and fun.
“Sometimes victims think they’re horrible, terrible, no good, very bad kids but often they’ve done nothing wrong and nobody deserves to be bullied,” said Harmer to a rapt audience of about 200 students at Horace Allen School on Jan. 20.
Since 2001, the 60-year old magician has performed in thousands of schools in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan.
Both an educator and an entertainer, Harmer has decades of experience as a principal, counselor and teacher with the Calgary board of education. He’s also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
“Most kids are caring kids. Nine out of ten kids follow the rules, help the teacher, do what their parents want them to do,” he said. “So if only one out of ten gets involved in bullying, why do we let a bully ruin a classroom or ruin a playground?”
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“Sometimes it’s because the caring kids don’t care enough to do something,” he added.
Between lessons on respect, hope and caring, Harmer offered advice on dealing with bullies.
First, stand tall “and use a brave voice,” he said.
Second, figure out your choices.
“One choice is to tell a joke, it might make the bully laugh, it might calm everybody down,” he said. “Sometimes humour helps.”
Third, ask for help.
Fourth, end it calmly.
“If someone is trying to be mean to you, the worst thing you can do is get all excited… because that’s what bullies want,” he said. “You want to stay calm. If you don’t react, sometimes bullies go away.”
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