The annual “Pink Shirt Day” will take place on Wednesday, February 25.
In 2007, two Nova Scotia students turned the tide against the bullies who picked on a fellow student for wearing pink. They purchased a large number of pink t-shirts from a local dollar store and, following a night on the Internet gathering the support of fellow classmates, they distributed the shirts and tank tops the following day at the start of school. That show of support halted the bullying and also gave birth to a campaign to combat gender-role stereotyping and gender-based teasing and homophobia.
Pink Shirt Day is being promoted to show that as a society we will not tolerate bullying anywhere. Various community groups, schools, businesses, and organizations are supporting this effort to raise awareness about bullying, including CUPE BC and the BCTF.
A website established by CKNW has a number of suggestions for teachers on ways to engage students of all ages in thinking about combating bullying, www.pinkshirtday.ca.