Posted by: healingtheworkplace | February 25, 2009

STOP BULLYING! WEAR PINK TODAY!

What can we learn from young people? At lot it seems…especially when it comes to dealing with bullying.

For those of you who are not familiar with how the PINK ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN started I’d like to tell you a story.

This story takes place in Nova Scotia, on the East Coast of Canada, at Central Kings Rural High School in the small community of Cambridge.

It is a story about activism and about standing up for those who are perhaps not able to stand up for themselves.

Those of us who are concerned about bullying in the workplace can learn a lot from what these high school students did.

It begain with a victim. A Grade 9 boy who showed up on his first day at school wearing a PINK polo shirt.

Bullies harassed the boy, calling him a homosexual and threatening to beat him up.

A Happy Ending!

Fortunately for this boy and the rest of us this story has a happy ending. Two Grade 12 students–David Shepherd and Travis Price–heard the news and decided to TAKE ACTION.

They went to a discount store and bought 50 PINK shirts to wear to school the next day.

Then they went on-line (thank God for the internet) and they emailed their classmates telling them to “get on board with their anti-bullying cause”.

They called this campaign “the sea of pink”.

What happened next is the stuff of legends. The next day hundreds of students arrived at school dressed in PINK.

The Grade 9 boy was never bullied again AND the “sea of pink” campaign has spread across North America…and perhaps around the world.

SO…on February 25th which is TODAY!

WEAR SOMETHING PINK TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE AS A SOCIETY WILL NOT TOLERATE BULLYING ANYWHERE!

Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day is held every year on the last Wednesday in February.

I challenge all of you to learn from these young people and stand up to bullying in the workplace.

We can all make a difference if we work together!

Cheers, Lesley

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Responses

  1. As a person who was bullied in school I know too well the pain of being bullied. I’m wearing pink today.


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