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Posted February 28, 2024

Pink Shirt Day!

Join the Movement: Lift Each Other Up Against Bullying!

Celebrate Pink Shirt Day, also known as Anti-Bullying Day, with us on February 22! This year's theme revolves around the powerful message of "Lift Each Other Up," emphasizing the values of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.

What is Pink Shirt Day? Pink Shirt Day is a collective stand against bullying, where individuals wear pink shirts to school or work, showcasing their commitment to creating a world free from bullying.

The Origin of Pink Shirt Day: A Stand Against Bullying In 2007, Nova Scotia students David Shepherd and Travis Price, along with their friends, witnessed a Grade 9 student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. In response, they took action by purchasing and distributing pink shirts to fellow students. By the end of the week, the entire school rallied in pink, sending a powerful message of support. From that courageous act, Pink Shirt Day has evolved into a national day of anti-bullying, extending its impact globally.

Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying Bullying involves deliberate attempts to harm someone through words or actions, often repetitive and causing lasting pain, potentially leading to issues like depression and low self-esteem. This can manifest verbally, physically, or socially. Cyberbullying, on the other hand, employs technology, such as social media or texting, to threaten, embarrass, or damage a person's reputation. Both forms of bullying can have severe, long-term consequences.

Taking a Stand: How You Can Help

  • Wear your pink shirts proudly to symbolize your stance against bullying.
  • Speak up if you witness or experience bullying.
  • Support those being bullied, both in person and online, to ensure they know they deserve respect.
  • Refrain from participating in or encouraging bullying behavior.
  • Utilize the "THINK" tool before posting online: Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?

Wearing a pink shirt on Pink Shirt Day is a fantastic way to show your anti-bullying commitment. However, let's extend this solidarity beyond a single day. Together, we can embody the spirit of "Lift Each Other Up" every day, fostering a world where acceptance and kindness prevail.