If you walk into a school on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, you may notice an unusual number of students and teachers dressed in pink for Pink Shirt Day.
The idea for Pink Shirt Day originated in Nova Scotia when two high school students David Shepherd and Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink as a show of support for a grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. They took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of the student by distributing 50 pink T-shirts to boys in their school.
Now recognized at many elementary schools and high schools across the country, Pink Shirt Day is held as a show of support for kids who may be the victims of bullying and an attempt to send a message that bullying is not something that will be tolerated.
Here are some ways you can support Pink Shirt Day:
1. Show your support by wearing a pink shirt on Wednesday, February 26th and encouraging your kids to do the same.
2. Talk to your kids about bullying and the importance of speaking out and standing up for their friends and other classmates who may be being bullied.
3. Share and retweet messages from @pinkshirtday on Twitter and let everyone know what you’re doing to support Pink Shirt Day on February 26th. Example tweet: On Feb 26 I’ll be wearing Pink. Make some noise against bullying! Support @pinkshirtday. #pinkshirtday
4. Share your own stories of bullying.
5. Share the Pink Shirt Day Public Service Announcement (PSA) on your facebook wall or twitter account.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)