Many of us are familiar with the story about the Grade 9 boy at Central Kings Rural High School in Cambridge, Nova Scotia who wore pink on the first day of school in 2007 to be bullied, threatened, and assaulted with false homophobic epithets by a couple of high school bullies...
February 27, 2013 – Travis Price and David Shepherd, two Grade 12 students at the same school, took action by distributing fifty pink t-shirts to their schoolmates and encouraged 400+ other students to wear pink the very next day.
This was their message to stand up against the bullies.
It started in Canada. But what does this mean to you and why is it important to recognize the impact of what is now internationally known as Pink Day?
A Canadian Survey suggests the following as facts:
- 34% of people knew of students who were targeted by cyber bullying in the past year
- 35% of adults have experienced workplace bullying first-hand
- 60% of people who were childhood bullies have at least one criminal conviction
- 100% of children who are bullied are at risk for mental and physical illnesses, social development impairment and suicide
Travis Price and David Shephard took a courageous step forward to help one fellow student. Their actions impacted the lives of many; for those who were and continue to be victimized and for those who were inspired to take a stand rather than idly 'bystanding' in fear.
Lets continue to recognize other fellow citizens, Canada-wide, who are uniting – once and for all – against bullying.
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