WEAR PINK ! IT’S ANTI-BULLYING DAY … THE ORIGINAL ONE!!
The pink movement began in the Annapolis Valley when two students rallied around a younger student after he was bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt on the first day of school.
NOVA SCOTIA PROUD!!
In 2007 David Shepherd and Travis Price, who were in Grade 12 at Central Kings Rural High School, asked all students at their school to wear pink T-shirts to combat bullying.
They bought 50 pink shirts from a discount store, and e-mailed classmates to get them on board. The next day, hundreds of students showed up wearing pink clothing.
This was the event that started the ball rolling.
Unfortunately the ball quickly started rolling OUT OF CONTROL!! Here’s how it happened….
Premier Rodney MacDonald proclaimed the second Thursday of the school year as anti-bulling day, and asked all students to wear something pink.
Soon afterwards, the Premier of British Columbia proclaimed February 27 to be their provincial anti-bullying day.
It was so successful February 27 soon became NATIONAL anti-bullying day in Canada.
Other countries (Australia, New Zealand, France, Lebanon, the United Kingdom and the United States) started their OWN pink movement on the last day of February (28/29).
Then the United Nations declared the official day to be May 4.
Some other countries prefer to celebrate it on the third Friday of November to coincide with ANTI-BULLYING WEEK which originated in the UK back in 2004.
New Zealand celebrates Anti-Bullying Day on May 18.
You can’t deny that everyone’s heart is in the right place…
and there’s no denying the reason for it is very important.
I’m just afraid we’re running the risk of the event becoming so watered down that the message (and its origin) will soon become lost.
So… What day should our children wear pink to school?
Here’s my advice…
Get your kids to do the laundry for awhile. If they’re anything like mine, EVERY day will soon be “wear pink day” as everything you own will soon be pink!!!