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February 21, 2013

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BC Lions tackle ‘touchy subject’ in Fort St. John By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – It’s easy to be a follower but being a leader takes courage—that was the key message from BC Lions J.R. LaRose and Angus Reid. The two football players were in Fort St. John for the first time on Feb. 13 teaching students and grown men how to Be More Than A Bystander. “I’m sure everyone at some point in their life has been in a situation where they have seen bullying going on, and for the most part they didn’t do anything,” said LaRose, who is a safety for the BC Lions. “So, we give them the option … to take a stand and break the silence.” Whether it’s witnessing physical, sexual or verbal abuse, the two athletes touched on the importance of speaking up. “We want to create leaders in the community [to] to take a stance and say ‘Hey, that’s not right,’”

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After BC Lions, Angus Reid and J.R. LaRose, finished speaking to a gym full of students at NPSS, they engaged with a smaller group of students for more a more insightful conversation about being more than a bystander.

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said BC Lions’ offensive lineman Reid. The pair focused on stopping violence against women, and pointed out realities like one in three women will experience sexual abuse in her lifetime and over 60 per cent of British Columbians knows someone who has been physically or sexually assaulted. They added, though, that their message could applied to situations where any type of abuse or assault was being witnessed. “I’d like to think that most of you would probably do something if someone was being abused right in front of you,” said Reid. However, he added that it may be harder to stand up in situations “that [society] has just accepted as ... [not a] big deal, it’s just a comedy, we just see it as normal,” like using inappropriate language or behaviour that could be putting someone in an uncomfortable position. Reid and LaRose acknowledged that for teenagers, (and even for them, as players part Denise Poynton of a team full of “alpha males”) Denise would like to welcome new it could be difficult to stand up clients to come in and see her for a for someone who is being asnew style for 2013. saulted if it risks ‘fitting in’. Denise is from London, has 35 years “It doesn’t take talent or experience and is familiar with current skill, it just takes courage,” trends. Denise enjoys doing corrective said LaRose. color, style changes or make overs and funky texturized haircuts. They offered tips on how to Call today for your new cut or color. be more than a bystander like changing the subject if a peer Mon 9-6 Tues 9 -6 Wed 11 -8 is initiating vulgar or inapproThurs 10-7 Sat 9-5 priate language; or veering the ‘bully’s’ attention to a different Gift Certificates Available situation to let them cool down. Open Late Wed, Thurs & Friday! “We’re not telling you what Voted Best Spa • People’s Choice 2012 to do, we’re just telling you to 10442-100th Street 250-787-1552 do something, be more than just a bystander,” said Reid. WWW.HAIRBIN.COM

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