Our school participated in the International Stand Up to Bullying Day by wearing pink shirts. We read stories and discussed the importance of standing together and showing kindness towards each other. Our class worked with our Big Buddies to write messages of kindness for our school “Kindness Tree”. We also made a Kindness Quilt to show our unity in spreading kindness.
The idea of wearing a pink t-shirt was conceptualized by two Nova Scotia high school students back in 2007. Travis Price and David Shepherd witnessed a fellow student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school, so they decided to take a stand.
Here is a snippet of a Globe & Mail article about their efforts:
“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. “
The idea of supporting and helping one another is fostered at many levels in our school. Students model for each other what true kindness looks like. The message is kindness begins with our own words and actions. Just one extra step of thoughtfulness and kindness can have a tremendous impact for someone!