Elgin Park Secondary students respond to negative comments about a grad-camp-gone-wrong with a video message.

LETTERS: We are more than our mistakes

Editor:

Re: Grad camp leaves mark, May 27.

Editor:

Re: Grad camp leaves mark, May 27.

A while back, you posted about a camping litter incident at Harrison Lake that caught national attention.

Yeah, that was my school in the headlines of the news. It was a few Elgin Park Secondary’s grad campers who left all those garbage, tents and sleeping bags behind.

Waking up to friends’ online links to this irresponsible incident, I felt sad. Sad that people would do that, sad that it caused so much trouble for the next campers, sad that nature is once again taken advantage of, but very sad at the fact that the comment section was ruining and bashing our whole school’s reputation.

As a grade 11 student at the school, I felt very strongly about the words people were using in the comments such “entitled”, “rich punks”, or even “spoiled”, so I decided to make a response video, Humans of Elgin on YouTube.

The objective of this video (below) is to show how mistakes should not define us as people of the community.

We students at Elgin are more than the negative stereotypes people label us with. I hope you could consider sharing this video, because we are more than our mistakes.

Colleen Yu, Surrey

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