Worldwide anti-bullying day celebrated across the county

John Brannen
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Pictou County looks pretty good in pink.

W. A. MacLeod Elementary School students in Brenda Murphy’s Grade Primary class were decked out in pick Wednesday to celebrate Pink Shirt Day. The bullying awareness day started seven years ago when a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS

It was plain to see as businesses, schools and other groups donned their best and brightest attire for Pink Shirt Day.

The daylong campaign aims to raise awareness about bullying and serves as an anti-bullying campaign.

While the Chignecto Central Regional School Board has a similar campaign in the fall, Stand Up Speak Out: Stop Bullying Together, many students, staff and teachers were sporting pink colours.

“We didn’t have a formal schedule for schools to follow,” said Debbie Buott-Matheson, CCRSB communications manager. “We are of course honouring Pink Shirt Day and see it as a continuation of conversation that started with Stand Up Speak Out.”

It’s a conversation that Buott-Matheson noted parents, guardians and others are joining to prevent bullying from happening.

“We’ve got lots of people asking us for our booklet that talks about what bullying is and what to do if you are a bully, being bullied, how to stop doing that.”

Through a student action grant, New Glasgow Junior High Students Taylor Killen, Lucia MacKay and Katelyn Biron helped compose the four-minute video on bullying and how to stop it. The video is called How to Be Kind to Each Other, and is a silent film featuring a narrative.  

“It’s a big problem right across the country,” said Killen. “That’s why we wanted to promote helping each other and stopping bullying.”

According to Biron, the heightened awareness of bullying and its effects is having positive effects at NGJHS.

“There’s not a lot of bullying at this school,” she said. “Once in a while you hear something like a rumour or story, but otherwise things are going good.”

Pink Shirt Day started when Central Kings students David Shepherd and Travis Price organized a high-school protest to wear pink in solidarity with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

They took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.

 

john.brannen@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn

Organizations: Chignecto Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • sandra
    February 26, 2014 - 23:11

    My grandson who is 8 and in grade 4 mom was told today that he was being bullied from the start of school till today...maybe. Grandson said this in sep that he was being bullied was told to tell a teacher that teacher said he was lieing so he never told anyone again till today when is little sis told for him they caught the kids doing this now the healing. This has hurt him hopefully the small town school can stop this but with teacher saying your lieing does not help.... need help in High River AB big time .before it is to late for my grandson. I am going to write on every bulling web site their is till he gets that help