St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill recently welcomed April Reimer, who spoke to the school’s junior and intermediate students about the cyberbullying she endured, and her resulting “Tweet Sweet” campaign that she started to combat the negativity.
April Reimer began this campaign after she began receiving extremely negative and harassing messages via Twitter and her personal cell phone after her husband, Toronto Maple Leaf goalie James Reimer, was not performing up to expected standards on the ice.
April’s Tweet Sweet campaign encourages others to communicate positively online, to create a safer and friendlier online community. Her presentation teaches students that bullying is a struggle that not only challenges students, but adults and celebrities as well. She encourages people to stay strong in the face of bullying, and to be mindful how hurtful negative messages sent through social media can be.
The ISA (Intensive Support and Assessment) students at St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill were shown a video about the Tweet Sweet Campaign in their class by teacher Andrea Orsi. They had also recently completed a unit on persuasive letter writing, and they wanted to use their new writing skills to convince April to visit their school. The letters proved to be very convincing, and April responded that she would speak to the school’s students.
On March 23, 2015, April visited St. John Paul II CES and spoke to junior and intermediate students about her Tweet Sweet campaign. She also taught the students different strategies they could use if they are being cyberbullied.
The staff and students were grateful to have April visit and inspired by her passion and commitment to educating others about spreading positive messages on social media, or ‘Sweet Tweeting.’
All of the students were excited to have April at the school and expressed the positive influence she has already had on them. The students have created a #TweetSweet bulletin board where they share positive messages that they would use on social media. As students walk through the hallways on a daily basis, the bulletin board will be a reminder for them to continue to act kindly toward one another.