Anti-Bullying Campaign

On February 29th, Wear Your Pink Shirt Loud & Proud – Speak Out Against Bullying!

 By Ceilidh Millar

National Pink Shirt Day takes place February 29th. The Pink Shirt Day campaign originated at Central Kings Rural High School in Cambridge, Nova Scotia where a grade 9 boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Students rallied to support him by wearing pink tops to school the next day. Pink Shirt Day is now an annual event to raise awareness about bullying. Students across Canada wear pink on National Pink Shirt Day as a show of solidarity to support victims of bullying.

Here are the facts:

Young people who are bullied struggle with low self esteem, depression and the daily anguish of having to face their aggressors. Since the start of the school year, there have been four teen suicides caused by bullying. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadian youth between the ages of 10-24 (Canadian Mental Health Association.)

Say “NO!” to bullying.

  • Be a peer advocate and speak out when you see bullying.
  • Straight kids, speak up against gay bashing.
  • Don’t partake in gossip or teasing.
  • Use social networks such as Facebook & Twitter to educate and teach acceptance.
  • Build someone up rather than tear them down.
  • Spread LOVE, not hate. Have each others backs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s up to us to end bullying…

Many youth have started bullying prevention initiatives. At B.C.’s New Westminster Secondary, students created the “Rock Solid” anti-bullying program in memory of Reena Virk, a Victoria teen murdered by her tormentors. Each year, the drama students write and produce plays to raise awareness on the dangers of bullying. Through performances to school children, they spread a powerful message about the consequences of bullying.

Bullying Prevention Video: “ROCK SOLID” – Generation Why, Shaw TV

If you or someone you know needs help to deal with bullying, tell someone! Or contact:

Pink Shirt Day

Stop A Bully

National Bullying Prevention Center

The Trevor Project