Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes and over the internet. It is a growing problem within our communities and as a community we need to establish the tools to stand up against bullies and step in when we see it happening.
On February 29th, 2012 we are holding our annual ‘Pink Shirt Day’ with our theme this year being “words hurt”. Pink Shirt Day is a nationally recognized day in support of anti bullying campaigns across the country.
It all started in Nova Scotia in 2007, when two high school students organized a protest to wear pink; this was done in support of a grade nine student who was being bullied because he had worn a pink shirt to school one day. They took a stand against bullying by distributing pink shirts to all the boys in their school with the idea that someone finally needed to stand up to bullying. The project was a great success and has now grown into a nationally recognized day.
We are currently organizing our second annual Pink Shirt Day event in West Nipissing and are looking for support and possible sponsorship from community members and agencies. We will be working closely with community service providers and our local schools to bring the anti bullying message to our community.
Pink Shirt Day – February 29, 2012 in West Nipissing!