Today is Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying awareness day)! Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Today we encourage all of you to wear a pink shirt to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.
This years Pink Shirt Day campaign was focused online with the hashtag #PinkItForward. Similar to ‘Pay It Forward’ (the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor) the idea behind #PinkItForward was to spread positive messages across the Internet.
The students and staff of the school my sister works at came together to #PinkItForward and made a video in support of Pink Shirt Day and I wanted to share it with you for a couple of reasons.
The first reason is that my son, Bryce, is 13 years old now and while he has never been a victim of bullying, I am really worried what the next school year will bring when he goes into high school. Kids can be cruel. Teenagers can be crueler. This message needs to be seen by everyone from everywhere because it’s a universal problem with a very simple universal solution. End bullying now!
The second reason is that my plans for today were to put on my pink shirt and send Bryce to school in his pink shirt to show our support for anti-bullying day. What actually happened today was even better! I ended up spending this past weekend editing this video for my sister and working really hard on it because I knew it meant a lot to the school. It had to be done perfect. They did such an incredible job filming it! So, as I was saying, what actually happened today was even better because Bryce and I went to the school and joined them in their assembly as they debuted the video. And these kids reactions, I’m telling ya, all the smiles, laughs, how they came together as a school, working for the same goals and showing their support for today, it’s just a beautiful thing to see.
Some of these kids may not realize it, but they’re going to make an impact on our world because of who they are now and what they will become.
It was just awesome and made my day! Please enjoy!
Please like and share to show that we are all working together to prevent bullying in our schools, in our communities and online. Let's make the Internet a positive place today! Thanks so much!
Thanks for reading,
Pink Shirt Day originated in 2007 when David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia bought and distributed 50 pink shirts to their school mates after a ninth grade student, Charles McNeill, was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school. It was quoted that, “the bullies were never heard from again.”