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Pictou County looks pretty good in pink.
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.
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