February 26th, 2020
On Wednesday, February 26, join us in recognizing Pink Shirt Day. This is a day to stand up against bullying.
This movement was inspired by the actions of two high school students from Nova Scotia. In 2007, the students witnessed a Grade 9 boy being bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. Bullies harassed the boy, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up. Disgusted with this treatment, the students went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts. Then they went online to email classmates to get them on board with their anti-bullying cause that they dubbed a “sea of pink”. The next day not only were dozens of students outfitted with the discount tees, but hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes, some head-to-toe.
Pink Shirt Day has grown across Canada as a way to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying.
Wear pink to show your support.
Having our students experience a caring learning environment that addresses their well-being is important to us. Research shows that a positive and welcoming school environment is essential to the physical and mental wellness and success of each and every one of our students.
We understand that families are looking for support and resources for children who may be experiencing acts of bullying, which is why we have created sections on our website that includes bullying prevention and intervention information, what a positive school climate looks like, and the process for addressing concerns if you believe your child is being bullied.
How can I participate in #PinkShirtDay?
Participating is as simple as wearing pink in your hair, as a piece of clothing, or as a cool accessory.
We invite you to follow us on Twitter or Instagram to join the larger anti-bullying conversation. If you are planning to wear pink on Wednesday, please help us spread the word that bullying is not tolerated by tweeting or sharing a picture using the hashtag #WRDSBpink and #PinkShirtDay.
Sample social media posts:
- I am participating in #PinkShirtDay with #WRDSBpink.
- #WRDSBpink pledge: I do not, and will not, stand for bullying of any kind. #PinkShirtDay
- I wear #WRDSBpink today to show that I do not tolerate bullying. #PinkShirtDay
- Choose to be kind, not just on #PinkShirtDay, but every day. Together, let’s stand up to bullies. #WRDSBpink