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Students show off their Pink

by Webstaff - Saturday, March 5, 2016

On Wednesday, 24 February students and teachers showed up to school in their best pink outfit, it was Anti Bullying Day. Wearing pink is a demonstration of support for anti bullying. Students are encouraged to have empathy and respect to help stop bullying behaviours.

Below is an excerpt from the Globe and Mail on how Pink Shirt Day began. (Please enjoy our pictures as well).

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."

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