Pink Shirt - Anti-bullying Day

 

Anti-Bullying Day

 

Pink Shirt (Anti-Bullying) Day will be Wed. Feb. 22, 2017. 
You may be aware of the occasion, but did you know it began in Canada?

Here is part of the original Sept. 2007 CBC News report:

Two Nova Scotia students are being praised across North America for the way they turned the tide against the bullies who picked on a fellow student for wearing pink.

The victim, a Grade 9 boy, wore a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. Bullies harassed the boy, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up.

Two Grade 12 students — David Shepherd and Travis Price — heard the news and decided to take action.
"I just figured enough was enough," said Shepherd. They went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts… to wear to school the next day. Then the two went online to e-mail classmates to get them on board with their anti-bullying cause that they dubbed a "sea of pink."

But a tsunami of support poured in the next day. Not only were dozens of students outfitted with the discount tees, but hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes, some head-to-toe. When the bullied student… walked into school to see fellow students decked out in pink...it was a powerful moment. "It looked like there was a big weight lifted off his shoulders….”said Shepherd.

There's been nary a peep from the bullies since, which Shepherd says just goes to show what a little activism will do.

In 2008 Premier Gordon Campbell recognized Anti-Bullying Day in BC.  Christy Clark has been a big supporter in both her talk show and her website. The International STAND UP to Bullying Day is actually a bi-annual event (February and November) with 25 countries participating. The official date is usually the last Wednesday in February.

Bullying can show itself in many forms, and usually when teachers aren’t present. One program my school utilizes is called “using your WITTS”.  It provides a strategy for times when students have problems on the playground. It also gives peers a common language to use when trying to help.


W= walk away, I= ignore, T= tell them to stop, Talk= talk about solutions, S= seek help


Want to get involved with your own pink shirt or button? They cost about $10, with proceeds going to children's groups that deal with self-esteem issues. They are available online or through sponsors such as London Drugs.



CBC News article
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https://web.archive.org/web/20100206125224/http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2007/09/18/pink-tshirts-students.html?
(Note: If you can find where the original article has gone... please let me know!)
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2007/09/18/pink-tshirts-students.html

Pink Shirt Day
The last Wednesday of February is known as Anti-Bullying Day in Canada.
http://www.pinkshirtday.ca

International STAND UP to Bullying Day
The event takes place in schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries across the globe on the third Friday of November to coincide with Anti-bullying week,
and then again on the last Friday of February.
http://standupnd.net/

Bullying.org 
A fabulous Canadian created (2000), but internationally accredited, website to promote: 
“Where you are NOT alone”.
http://www.bullying.org/

Pacer Center Kids Against Bullying
http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/

Bullying Prevention and Intervention in the School Environment: Factsheet and Tools
http://www.prevnet.ca/sites/prevnet.ca/files/prevnet_facts_and_tools_for_schools.pdf#page=6

Kalamazoo College Stop School Bullying Website... for Kids, Parents, and Teachers
http://www.kzoo.edu/psych/stop_bullying/index.html
Stop Bullying Now! a U.S. gov. resource
http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/

Open Colleges - How to Handle Bullying
http://opencolleges.edu.au/informed/teacher-resources/bullying-resources/

Open Colleges - Strategies for Educators
http://opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/15-strategies-educators-can-use-to-stop-cyberbullying/

 

CYBER-BULLYING: The New Online Crime

Thank you to Kristin M., a grade 6 student, for passing on the following link!
After reading Judy Blume's story "Blubber", Kristin was inspired to do some research of her own
about the modern day problem of Cyber-Bullying.

http://www.grabellaw.com/cyberbullying-the-new-online-crime.html

 

GENERAL SAFETY LINKS

Thank you to Lauren and her teacher Mrs.Galvin, in Indiana, for passing on the following link!
As well as anti-bullying links, this website has many other general safety links for kids both around the home and at school.

http://www.surveillance-video.com/home-school-safety-for-kids.html

 

 

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This page revised January 2017.