Bullying has been a significant problem for children for decades. More recently, we are watching as children encounter bullying in the schools and online through what is known as cyber bullying. CKNW Orphan's Fund has launched a movement asking everyone to wear pink shirts to demonstrate that society will not tolerate bullying anymore. This movement is not only about dressing in pink, but saving the lives of our children, who are our future.
“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.”
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, some Arizona schools will be supporting this campaign to make noise against bullying. Students will be wearing pink shirts and jeans to speak out against bullying. Make this day significant and speak out against bullying by wearing your pink shirt. Text your co-workers, friends, and family to help support this movement and encourage your children to get involved. For more information, visit www.pinkshirtday.ca
PinkShirtDay.ca also suggests eight different ways to support this event now or in the future. They are:
- Purchase your official Pink Shirt Day T-Shirt at London Drugs or online at Shop.PinkShirtDay.ca
- Share the Pink Shirt Day Public Service Announcement (PSA) on your facebook wall or twitter account
- Follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pinkshirtday) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkshirtday)
- Visit their partners who are raising funds for Pink Shirt Day in Vancouver (more on this soon!).
- Challenge your friends and co-workers to commit to a bully-free lifestyle and wear pink on Feb 27, 2013.
- Upload a picture of you, your school, your work, your friends on Twitter wearing pink on Feb 27th and tag it with #PSD2013 and mention @pinkshirtday – or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download their posters, print and hang up at your school or work and share with everyone what is going on for Pink Shirt Day.
- Share and retweet messages from @pinkshirtday on Twitter and let them know what you’re doing to support Pink Shirt Day on Feb 27, 2013. Example tweet: On Feb 27 I’ll be wearing Pink. Make some noise against bullying! Support @pinkshirtday. #PSD2013