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4 Things About Anti-Bullying Day You Might Not Know

 
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1. THE SECOND THURSDAY AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IS STAND UP AGAINST BULLYING DAY IN NOVA SCOTIA, PINK SHIRT DAY IS THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

Anti-Bullying day is celebrated on various days throughout Canada with students, staff and parents wearing pink to represent a united stand against bullying. In Nova Scotia, Stand Up Against Bullying Day is celebrated on the second Thursday at the start of each school year as proclaimed by Nova Scotia’s Department of Education on September 25, 2007. You can read the full announcement of the proclomation online. In British Columbia it is celebrated on the last Wednesday of the month of February and is known as Pink Shirt Day. The next Pink Shirt Day will be celebrated on February 26, 2014.

 

3 Students Dressed in Pink for Nova Scotia's Stand Up Against Bullying Day September 12, 2013

3 Students Dressed in Pink for Nova Scotia’s Stand Up Against Bullying Day September 12, 2013

 

2. PINK IS THE OFFICIAL COLOR OF THE UNITED STAND AGAINST BULLYING

Pink became the anti-bullying color because that is the color of the polo shirt a grade 9 student at Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia wore on the first day of school in 2007. Bullies called him names and threatened to beat him up, simply because his shirt was pink.

3. DAVID SHEPHERD AND TRAVIS PRICE’S ”SEA OF PINK” IDEA INSPIRED BOTH STAND UP AGAINST BULLYING DAY AND PINK SHIRT DAY

The names of the two grade 12 students who inspired the official Anti-Bullying days across Canada are David Shepherd and Travis Price. After hearing about what happened to his schoolmate, Shepherd is quoted as saying,  ”I just figured enough was enough”. Shepherd and Price decided to start an anti-bullying cause that they dubbed the “sea of pink” in support of the grade 9 student who had worn the pink shirt. They emailed students in the school to get them on board and then went to a local discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, including tank tops, to hand out to willing participants at school the next day.

4. WITH HIS SCHOOLMATES’ SUPPORT, THE BULLYING STOPPED

Not only did Travis Price and David Shepherd get enough support to hand out the shirts they had bought, but hundreds of other students showed up to school the next day wearing their own pink clothes, many dressed in pink from head to toe. Their overwhelming support let the grade 9 student know he was not alone and showed the bullies that their behavior would not be tolerated. The bullies never bothered him again. As David Shepherd said in a CBC article written on September 19, 2007, “If you can get more people against them … to show that we’re not going to put up with it and support each other, then they’re not as big as a group as they think are”.

 

 

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