Local singing star spreads anti-bullying message at Anderdon Public School

 

Dante Scott performs at last week’s anti-bullying day at Anderdon Public School. The local 12-year-old was on last year’s “The Next Star” on YTV.

Dante Scott performs at last week’s anti-bullying day at Anderdon Public School. The local 12-year-old was on last year’s “The Next Star” on YTV.

By Ron Giofu

 

A local singing star is starting to reach out to other elementary schools in the area and deliver an anti-bullying message.

Dante Scott, who himself is a Grade 7 student at École St.-Jean Baptiste, gave his anti-bullying message at Anderdon Public School’s “Pink Day” last Thursday. Scott, 12, spoke to the students as well as sang them a pair of songs.

“One of my really important messages is to be yourself and bullying is linked into that,” said Scott.

Scott acknowledged the students get anti-bullying messages from different sources but said it is a serious message that he wants to help continue delivering.

“We’re just drilling it into their heads and it’s working,” he said.

Telling the students “I’m a bit unique,” Scott said it is OK to be unique and that everyone makes the world “a special place.”

Bullies try to be in control and assert power, he said, and they need to understand the consequences of their actions.

“Bullies generally go for people who are different in any way,” he said. “(Bullying) has the power to affect you for the rest of your life.”

Bullying can occur from verbal or physical confrontations, online or through other means, he said, and that “there is more to bullying than just being called a nasty name.”

Scott said he has been bullied and stated that his mother Laura gets up at 4 a.m. and deletes inappropriate comments from his You Tube channel. He said bullying is not acceptable and should be reported when it happens.

“Don’t be afraid to tell people you are being bullied. If you’re not taken seriously, tell someone else,” he said.

Bullying should also be reported even if it isn’t happening to the person directly, Scott told the students.

“If you say nothing, you are saying bullying is OK with you,” he said.

Scott made it to the Top 6 of YTV’s “The Next Star” competition last year. That exposure is proving beneficial as he is now able to get booked into other schools as well. He also did a recent presentation in Harrow and his hoping to do more.

“It’s helped a lot,” he said of his “The Next Star” appearances. “A lot of doors are opening for me now.”

 

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