2008 February 25


This Wednesday (27 February) most of the students, and teachers, at Catholic schools in Vancouver, Canada, will be wearing pink polo shirts to show their solidarity against bullies and bullying. In a heart-warming story, pink polo shirts have become an anti-bullying symbol after a student in Nova Scotia was harassed when he wore a pink polo shirt on the first day of school. A group of bullies accosted the boy, called him names, claimed he was homosexual, and threatened to beat him up.

Two older students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, were incensed to hear about this behaviour and went to a local discount shop, where they bought 50 pink vests which they handed out at assembly the following morning. The bullies were never heard from again. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ said Price who is 17. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ The ‘pink polo shirts’ strategy spread fast, becoming a feature of dozens of schools across Canada. Now a national radio DJ has taken it to heart.

Wednesday’s Pink Polo Shirts Day is part of her on-air campaign to encourage an action plan about bullying. ‘We also want parents and teachers to understand how important a role they can play in helping kids who are bullied,’ the DJ Clark said. ‘It seems everyone has a story. So many people either bear the scars of being bullied, the shame of having been a bully themselves, or are dead scared it will happen to their child. Bullying and the harm it does can last a lifetime. Getting involved in Pink Polo Shirts Day fulfills our mission to help the innocent. It also lets bullies know their behaviour will not be tolerated.’

Pink polo courtesy of sometimesdee

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