Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pink Shirt Day: Anti bullying 26th February. Please click on this link on what I wrote last year.

It was last year at this time when my school, teachers and students alike wore pink. Pink Shirt Day is a way for the community to stand up and show that bullying is not okay.

The first Pink Shirt Day took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when two 17 year old high school students decided to stand up for a friend who had been harassed for wearing a pink shirt to school.

The boys, David Shepherd and Travis Price, decided that the bullying had to stop. They went to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops, sent out the message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning handed them to students to wear. When the bullied boy walked in, according to Travis Price, "It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders. The bullies were never heard from

Ka pai or good job to all my fellow Canadian bloggers, Barry and Linda and Ruth, for starting this good tradition. Pink Shirt Day is being held on April 14th in Canada this year. Each year it gets bigger and brighter. There with more and more support from schools and organisations.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements says Pink Shirt Day will raise awareness of the link between bullying and depression.

"As recent research and media coverage have highlighted, bullying is a serious problem in New Zealand, and there is a clear link between being bullied and experiencing mental health problems," she says.

"Pink Shirt Day gives us all a chance to make a stand against bullying, raise awareness and discussion of the issues and work towards a society that values equality and respect."

Today, I wore my beautiful pink shirt and taught my little five year olds. I asked them what they knew about bullying. They told me about beating up, punching and kicking. I explained that bullying also involves calling names.

The school is a sea of pink.


LV said...

A nice way to honor any occasion, in the pink.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to remind everyone that standing up to bullies is something we have to do every single day.