28 February 2012

beating the bullies 7: Pink Shirt Day in BC

(this banner, article and photo from PinkShirtDay.ca)

Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Over the next few weeks on CKNW we will be helping raise awareness on these issues and the guests will hopefully give us all the tools needed to stand up against bullies and step in when we see it happening.

Then on February 29, 2012 we encourage all of you to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. We wish we could take credit for this idea but it comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students. Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article which inspired us:
David Shepherd and Travis Price
“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…[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.”
Will you join in by wearing pink on February 29th? Do you have a story about being bullied, how you stopped a bully or about how bullying has affected a loved one? Share your experiences here by leaving a comment or calling us direct at (604) 879-6554.
If you are a student, print off  this web page and give to your Principal / Headmaster / etc. so that your school can get involved. Also, drop us an email to let me know who you are and which school you attend.
More information and details about this project will be posted on this website soon.  Until then, be sure to click on the links / menu items at the top of the page to learn how you, your school, business or organization can get involved.
Also, join the Facebook Event by clicking HERE.  Last year over 160,000 people committed on Facebook to wear pink and help stop bullying.
Please join in!
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(this article and photo from: Huffington Post, July 15, 2011 update)