The brawny officer opened up Tuesday about his own victimization at the hands of bullies during the launch of the Guelph Police Anti-Bullying Strategy. In elementary school, bullies derided him with the nickname “Fatty Pflug” and made him fear for his life.
A number of officers, a leading anti-bullying crusader and a recently bullied brass bear, all wore pink T-shirts for the launch in front of Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. The gallery’s Begging Bear was pushed over about a year ago and damaged.
The police strategy includes support for Alix Vander Vlugt’s Speak Out organization, and its Pink Shirt Day, which goes Wednesday.