Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wearing Pink in Protest

Inspired by two students at Central Kings (CK) Rural High School in Cambridge, Nova Scotia the Nova Scotia Government has declared the second Thursday of every school year as Stand Up Against Bullying Day. Students will be encouraged to wear pink to spread the anti-bullying message.

The story began when a poor student started school at a new school wearing a pink shirt to school. A few bullies decided to, well, bully him. Ten bullies surrounded the kid, mock him, and threaten to beat him up—because wearing pink means you’re a homo.

The next day 2 other students decided that they wouldn't stand for this. Two boys by the names of David Shepherd and Travis Price, 12th Graders, decided to do something about it. They used the Internet to encourage people to wear pink and bought 75 pink tank tops for male students to wear. They handed out the shirts in the lobby before class last Friday—even the bullied student had one.

From the Chronicale Herald : 'When the bullied student put on his pink shirt Friday and saw all the other pink in the lobby, “he was all smiles. It was like a big weight had been lifted off is shoulder,” David said. No one at the school would reveal the student’s name.

Travis said that growing up, he was often picked on for wearing store-brand clothes instead of designer duds.'

Where were these kids when I was in school? I wish this were more students out there like this to stand up to bullies that are biggots and pick on kids that can't defend themselves. I Commend them.

I know this student probably wasn't a homosexual. Maybe he was. But still for upper class students that don't even know him to stand up and do something about it and rise above the bullies is something amazing. Especially doing it in a manner that wasn't violence.

I also read that one of the bullies thew some objects at school in rage over the students that did this notorious act. And that is freaking funny. One would wish they could be a part of something like this.

Kudos from Bastian Gatten to these two students David and Travis.

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