Pink Shirt Day, a movement that is celebrated across the globe, serves as a reminder that even our smallest actions can lead to significant positive change.
This world-wide awareness day originates as a result of two high school students taking a stand against bullying in their school in Berwick, Nova Scotia, in 2007. After seeing a grade 9 boy being bullied for his pink shirt, David Shepherd and Travis Price, along with many other students, donned their pink shirts in support of the victim of the bullying. That simple but powerful act of kindness ignited a spark in youth around the world and has subsequently led to an influential anti-bullying movement.
The focus for Pink Shirt Day in 2019 is cyberbullying, which is bullying through electronic means. Although technology can be advantageous, it can also be misused and is destructive when used to cyberbully. Cyberbullying includes things such as harassment, cyberstalking, and impersonation online. Resources found on Pinkshirtday.ca state that “three out of ten bullied students reported missing school at least once during the year because of cyberbullying.” More information and resources for cyberbullying can be found by clicking HERE.