Taking a stand against bullying
Wednesday, February 22nd is Pink Shirt Day!
Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when a student in Nova Scotia, Canada was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. In response, two students chose to wear pink shirts to school to stand up for the bullied student. It has since been recognized annually worldwide as a day to stand up against bullying by wearing pink.
“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]. They took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”
— GLOBE & MAIL
Shout-out to our fantastic staff for wearing pink today to stand up for those effected by bullying and for supporting community members with kindness and acceptance EVERY DAY!