Two hundred and sixty students took part in a flash mob at Delta Secondary Tuesday morning to take a stand against bullying.
Organized by the Ladner high school's dance academy, the students performed a three-minute choreographed number to the song Make the World Move in front of delighted fellow students in the cafeteria.
Rebecca Salton, the academy's teacher co-ordinator, said in addition to the dance students and those from the school's leadership class, pupils from Holly, Hawthorne and South Park elementary schools took part in the dance.
She noted that the students learned the moves over the course of six weeks.
"What's more complicated than the choreography and the steps was the actual spacing and the timing in the cafeteria, because we never actually had to rehearse with all of these students at one time in the cafeteria. Then, of course, we had to make sure there was room for the audience," Salton said.
She laughed the hardest part of the event was keeping it a secret, since those taking part were excited.
Salton said when it comes to bullying, communication is the most important thing.
"I think that sometimes students might feel hesitant to speak to adults because of the social pressures of being a teenager. I think what needs to happen is we need to have a shift in our society, that it's OK, and that the person standing up to the bully isn't a rat or a geek.
"With social media and texting, bullying happens in different ways than when I went to school. It's not just someone getting shoved into a locker anymore."
Some of the elementary school students also took part in a recent anti-bullying themed flash mob during a Vancouver Giants' game at Pacific Coliseum, a dance that involved roughly 2,000 Lower Mainland students.
The following day at DSS, students took part in a daylong anti-bullying theme called Wrap the Ribbon. Students were encouraged to download a Wrap the Ribbon screensaver for their cellphones and then use it to serve as a reminder to help fight bullying.
To watch a video of the flash mob visit this link: http://youtu.be/kC4WgEdVC68