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No Bull! Bullying Can Last A Lifetime #NoMoreBullies

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Being bullied never really goes away.


Ask anyone who has ever been bullied in their life and, if they are honest, they will tell you that, sometimes, they still feel like their 12-year-old self being bullied in the school yard, or in the school hallway.  Those feelings of shame, inadequacy, humiliation and fear can hit you from out of nowhere, when you least expect it. The smallest thing can bring back the horrible memories.

Like Sunday nights.

For Ottawa radio personality and Ottawa Senators announcer, Stuntman Stu from Majic100, Sunday nights were a source of extreme stress. Why?  Because that meant Monday was fast approaching, and Monday meant it was time to head back to school, and time to face another week of being bullied by a classmate.

Surprised? What? Stuntman Stu was a victim of bulling?

I was shocked.  After all, Stu Schwartz is a tall, good-looking, well-known, outgoing and sociable person, with many fans. Certainly not what we would think of as the “stereotypical” victim of a bully.

At the recent BConnected Conference in Ottawa, Stuntman Stu came to present us with his award winning #NoMoreBullies campaign.  What started out rather innocently as an “off the cuff” remark made by Stu at the offices of Majic100 a few years ago, has evolved into this inspiring and educational presentation that Stu and his co-workers take to schools all across the Nation’s Capital.  Sporting his #NoMoreBullies blue wristband, Stu is taking his message to the kids in the hopes of ending bullying once and for all.  It’s a lofty goal, but one that Stu is committed to. From the support I’ve seen for this initiative, and for Stu, he is making a difference in the lives of those who have been bullied, and sometimes, even the bully.

For me, relating to Stu’s #NoMoreBullies presentation was easy.  You see, when I was a 12-13 years old, I became the victim of a bully at school.  In fact, I was the victim of two bullies, a pair of girls who were best friends and did everything together, including bullying. Thanks to my disability, I was often absent from school during my younger years.  This had never been a problem or issue for me – until these two bullies came into my life at school.

For whatever reason, these two girls decided that they could bully me about my absences.  Once they started, they were relentless.  My days were spent constantly listening to insults, teasing, whispering and name-calling. Because other kids were “afraid” of these two bullies, they started to follow suit.  A few of their best friends would join in on the bullying from time to time, while other kids would start to avoid me.  I had never dealt with a situation like this before.  Up until that point in school I always had plenty of friends, and felt “part of the group”.  The bullying wore me down over time,  and made me feel worthless.  What started as absences from school because of my health, became more absences from school simply because I didn’t want to be there spending my days being bullied.

My home was my refuge from this bullying, and all I wanted to do was stay at home.  I had amazing parents who always made me feel safe and loved, and during this period of bullying, I never wanted to leave that safe cocoon.

So did I tell my parents about this bullying? Nope.  Not for a long time.  No kid wants to tell their parents they are being bullied.  Why?  Because all that will mean is that they will tell the school, the bullies will get in trouble, and the bullying will get worse.  No thank you.  There was no way I wanted that to happen.  So I kept my mouth shut.

My parents finally found out about the bullying after my absences from school became out of control.  I was at risk of failing grade 8.  My poor parents had thought I was deathly ill with some sort of weird illness that left me feeling sick all the time. Thanks to the bullying, my body started rebelling from the stress,  giving me a constant upset stomach and headaches.

Truth was, I HATED going to school.  Just HATED it.

“You should NEVER EVER hate coming to school.”

Those words, spoken by Stuntman Stu during his #NoMoreBullies presentation, slapped me hard in the face. During those 2 years of bullying, I HATED going to school. Relief from bullying came in the form of a new school.  My parents took things under control and decided to send me off to a high school in another area – far from the high school where my bullies, and their friends, would be attending.  It was the best decision my parents ever made for me.

Far away from my bullies, and the stress of being bullied, I flourished in school.  I made all kinds of new friends, became outgoing and sociable, and finally felt like “I belonged”.

BUT…bullying never really goes away.  It stays with you for a lifetime.  I thought maybe it was just me who felt that way until Stu Schwartz spoke of this in his presentation.  For him, even to this day, every Sunday night brings back those horrible memories.

He has learned to deal with those feelings…but they never really go away.

Have you been bullied? Are you a former bully looking to “make amends”?  Help Stuntman Stu fight bullies with his #NoMoreBullies campaign. For more information, or to book Stuntman Stu and his team for a presentation at your school, email  You can also follow Stu on Twitter @StuntmanStu and on the #NoMoreBullies Facebook page.


StuntmanStuMajic100Thanks again, Stu, for coming to the BConnected Conference, and for sharing your story and presentation with us.



  1. May 5, 2014


    Such a fantastic post! I was bullied from the age of 8, all because my body was maturing faster than some other girls. I now know it was down to jealousy & helped both of my daughters deal with potential bullies as they got older. I’m 45 this year & even now if I catch sight of the bully, I feel sick to my stomach and also angry that this person still affects me. I lost so much time at school through being bullied that when I was in my 30’s I had to go back to studying so I could get a decent job.
    When I finally got a job in a school, I set up a club called Friends Against Bullies. FAB for short. Club members wore a tshirt & baseball cap & at recess would help new kids or scared kids. Other children in the school knew that if they were being bullied that could go to a FAB member & tell them in confidence what was happening. Sometimes kids won’t admit what’s happening to an adult, but they will tell another child. Our club was a huge success & even though I’m retired now, the club is still running at the school Iworked at.
    Sorry to rambe on, but I feel very strong about this subject x

    • May 5, 2014


      Oh EllieRaine! Thank you SO much for your great comment. I’m so sorry you were a victim of bullying too 🙁 How awful that must have been for you…and all just because you were maturing faster than others. Hearing Stuntman Stu, and reading comments like yours has made me realize that I’m not alone with my feelings…and that they never really go away. This seems true for everyone who was every bullied. I really thought it was just me. I cannot imagine what it must be like for you to see your bully around town now. While I’m sure my bullies probably turned into nice women, I wouldn’t really want to be bumping into them when I’m out. I’m so sorry to read how much the bullying affected your schooling! That’s absolutely horrible. I guess I was very lucky to not have it affect me that badly. You should be SO proud of yourself for starting FAB!! (love the name!) Congratulations!! To think it is running after all these years. That is amazing!! Just imagine how many kids you have helped over time with this program. That warms my heart! I can’t thank you enough for stopping by to tell me your story, EllieRaine 🙂 Big hugs to you!

  2. April 22, 2014


    I missed that portion of the conference. 🙁 Bullying is such a horrible thing. I’m so sorry to hear that you were a victim of bullying. You?! I cannot even imagine that! You are such an awesome person (and friend). Thank you for sharing your story. I love the #NoMoreBullies message Stuntman Stu is spreading. So valuable.

    • April 22, 2014


      It’s really too bad you missed Stu’s presentation, Christine, it was great! Awww..thanks so much for your kind words 🙂 It seems that bullying happens to more people than you would think. I’m sure finding that out. I was shocked about Stu – I never would have thought that about him either. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  3. April 22, 2014


    Stu was an amazing speaker! He brought me to tears several times, evoking memories I try to hide. Your first sentence says it all. Being bullied never leaves you. I can attest to that! You are strong Sandi! Thanks for sharing your story!

    • April 22, 2014


      I’m reading into your words that you were bullied at some point in your life too, Jenn 🙁 Hugs to you. It really does never go away. Can’t believe someone would bully you 🙁 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. April 22, 2014

    Dani @ lifeovereasy

    Bullying is a horrible horrible thing. At least now we’re talking about it more and more, so hopefully things will get better. I’m so glad you were able to find a great place for high school and get away from it.

    • April 22, 2014


      Yes, the more we all talk about it, the less it will happen (hopefully). I was lucky to be able to escape my bullies, but some kids aren’t so lucky. Especially these days with the internet 🙁 Thanks for stopping by, Dani!

  5. April 22, 2014


    This is a great post Sandy. It’s awesome you are helping to bring awareness to this issue.

    • April 22, 2014


      Thanks Tracy! I was inspired by Stu and all the great work he is doing to end bullying. We would be a much better world without it! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. April 22, 2014


    I think everyone gets teased at some point, everyone goes through those awkward stages (at least in my case that is what I was bugged about). It did make me really self conscious and I hated going to school. Sometimes I would skip out because of it.

    • April 22, 2014


      Yes I think you are right, Randa, we all get teased at some point, especially during the “awkward” stage in life, however, when it is relentless, that’s bullying, and that is what makes people like you and I want to just stay home from school. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. April 22, 2014


    Thanks Dawn 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear about your son 🙁 It REALLY bothers me when I hear of kids being bullied. I’m glad you removed him from the school…that was probably the best thing you could have ever done for him. He is lucky (like me) to have such a caring, concerned parent like you. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. April 22, 2014


    Oh Sandy, I am so sorry you had to go through that 🙁 My youngest son was a victim of bullying and it broke my heart, I finally removed him from school. He was literally sick! I have met Stuntman Stu on several occasions and would never have thought. I am so proud of you for telling your story Sandy xo

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