For the last couple of years, I’ve been drawing a cartoon to accompany the Globe and Mail’s Nine to Five column. Nine to Five is the Anne Launders of the business world. Workers write in their woes, and experts advise. I love drawing this cartoon for I recognize, and empathize, with most of their injustices. Some, I’ve experienced, and in the face of indifference. My Nine to Five drawings are my way of fighting back, of not being a victim or a bystander.
Bullying will usually stop within 10 seconds if someone steps in to help the victim
from TO THIS DAY, anti-bullying poem by Shane Koyczan, in Annick Press’s new publication
85% of bullying happens when other kids are watching
from TO THIS DAY, anti-bullying poem by Shane Koyczan, in Annick Press new publication
I can’t remember how old I was when I started writing. I know that I was very young. My grandparents raised me and writing become something that my grandmother always encouraged. Writing was a way to escape my real life, a way to cope with cruelty and indifference. Sometimes even worse than the people who hurt you are the people who don’t care you’re being hurt –the ones who could do something but choose not to. I understand it; sometimes you don’t want to get involved and risk having bullies shift their attention to you. That’s normal…that’s fear. I was afraid a lot when I was growing up.
Shane Koyczan, TO THIS DAY, Annick Press publication