On Wednesday, February 24th everyone is encouraged to wear something PINK to show that we are all working together to prevent bullying in our schools, in our communities and online. Pink Shirt Day will be celebrated at Powell River schools.
Pink Shirt Day comes from two Nova Scotia high school students, who decided to take a stand against bullying in their own school.
Here’s a snippet of the Globe & Mail article that describes how Pink Shirt Day began:
“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 others headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out messages 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.”