Anti-Bullying and prevention week is coming to an end but we will continue our efforts to show students the importance of this week throughout the year. Tomorrow, Friday November 25th, students will participate in wearing pink or blue. Wearing pink or blue represents our stand against bullying and keeping peace within our school community.
Why a Pink T-Shirt?
This idea comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students in 2007. When a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, they decided to take a stand. They went out and bought pink shirts to give to fellow students to show their support for a boy who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt.
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…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts 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.
Why a Blue T-Shirt?
|Former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in establishing United Nations Peacekeepers, who wear blue as a symbol of peace as they perform their work around the world.|
Tomorrow, we will focus on the main message of this week “BE the change”, expressed by Mahatma Gandhi in his efforts to bring an end to violence in his country. At MCFS, we also seek to inspire our students to “be the change they want to see in their world,” starting in their school and in their classroom.