AIRDRIE, Alberta – As the old saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.
Caitlin Prater-Haacke, an 11th grader at George McDougall High School says someone broke into her locker and posted a Facebook update telling her to die from her iPad, Sun News reports.
The student decided to fight back – with kindness.
She decided to stick 850 Post-it Notes with positive messages onto every student’s locker at the school before they arrived on Oct. 6.
“Bullying is not necessarily addressed, and people get really down about it, I wanted to do something positive — it was about due time,” Prater-Haacke tells the Airdrie Echo.
Despite the positive nature of her messages —which included phrases such as “you’re awesome” and “you’re beautiful”— she was reprimanded by the school for littering because some notes had supposedly fallen off the lockers, according to the paper.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me at all,” Caitlin’s mother says.
“I don’t understand that when my kid is bullied nothing happens, but when she tries to do something positive she is punished.”
According to Sun News, “The larger community then banded together to launch a new anti-bullying campaign called Positive Post-it Day, which encourages people to leave anonymous notes of kindness for one another on Oct. 9.”
“We need people like Caitlin to stand up and take charge of bullying,” says parent Natalie Flaman, who had two children graduate from the school.
“The school had a golden opportunity to make Caitlin a role model and instead they threw that opportunity away.”