There was no doubt that Barriere Elementary School observed Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 25, since most students and staff were wearing the appropriate pink shirt. Although no special assembly was held, the school demonstrated its commitment to stand against bullying.
Now that bullying is freely talked about, and young people are learning how to deal with it, there is hope to curb this destructive behavior in society.
“It takes strong leaders in the classroom to raise awareness,” said Grade 6 and 7 teacher, Ms. Naylor, “Having friends and fellow students reminding each other how to react to possible bullying reinforces a teacher’s guidance on how to avoid and counteract bullying.”
Pink Shirt Day is one more way to bring awareness of the bullying problem out in the open, it reminds victims they are not alone and that they can speak up and ask for help.
People are also encouraged to recognize the upcoming International Day of Pink, which will be celebrated on Apr. 8.
This is a day against homophobic, transphobic and all forms of bullying. It celebrates diversity by wearing pink, and challenges stereotypes with special activities on that day.