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Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. On February 22, 2017, we encourage all of you to wear an official CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pink Shirt Day t-shirt or pin 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, 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.
Will you join in by wearing pink on Pink Shirt Day 2017? 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 by emailing us or sharing your story on our Facebook page.
If you’re 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 us know who you are and which school you attend and what you will be doing to show your support for Pink Shirt Day or use the #PinkShirtDay hashtag in your Instagram posts or tweets!