Island students wearing pink to take a stand against bullying
Pink Shirt Day is celebrated in Prince Edward Island on February 27 to help prevent bullying and to promote friendship and kindness.
February 27 became anti-bullying day after a Nova Scotia student was bullied on his first day of high school for wearing a pink shirt. Two of his peers went to school the next day with 50 pink shirts and handed them out to other students. What they did was an act of solidarity and helped bring awareness to the zero tolerance policy schools have against bullying.
Island students and teachers can participate by wearing something pink to show that they are taking a stand against bullying. Wearing pink helps to increase awareness about safe, caring, respectful and inclusive schools across Prince Edward Island.
This year Island schools have a number of anti-bullying activities planned to showcase the importance of being kind to one another.
- M.E. Callaghan Intermediate School students will wear pink to mark the day;teachers will show videos during homeroom that talk about ways to prevent bullying and how students can stand up for themselves; and students will contribute to a school-wide display by tracing their hands on paper to create a chain against bullying.
- St. Jean Elementary School students will wear pink and attend an assembly to discuss the difference between being bullied and being mean; watch the video “Don’t Laugh at Me” by Mark Wills to showcase the impact that bullying can have on a person; and students will create and decorate their own pink t-shirt cutouts to display in the hallways.
- Morell Consolidated students will wear pink; work with school counselor, Jenna Rogerson to learn relationship building skills and understand how a relationship can break down when bullying is involved; students will also learn the differences between conflict and bullying and conflict resolution skills.
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