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Saturday, 29-Apr-2017 19:17:45 EDT
are you wearing pink today?
by Y.ANTL
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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...

United we stand.

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.

Please share your stories with us.

by Y.Antl
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COMMENTS

On WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013 at 1:30pm EST from MARKHAM, ON

Markham Mom – My daughter was bullied in school years ago. I was lucky that the school worked closely with me and had a program designed to address the issue with the whole class. Although my daughter's bullies understood the impact through their actions, my daughter did not flourish emotionally and academically again until I enrolled her in a new school.

This still has a long way to go. Bullies too wear pink shirts.

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