Support Anti-Bullying Everyday
Pavan Dha, Writer
May 25, 2012
Filed under Frank Hurt News
Anti-Bullying Day took place on the last Wednesday of February, but you can still continue to support this day. Bullying has caused many innocent individuals to commit suicide or take other self harming actions and this will continue to be a problem until society takes action.
Anti-Bullying Day is also known as “Pink Shirt Day.” The color pink was chosen to support a boy who got bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school in Nova Scotia. The grade nine boy was harassed and called names just because he wore a pink polo shirt on the first day of school. When two grade 12 boys, David Shepherd and Travis Price, heard about this, they took immediate action. The next day they bought 50 pink shirts and distributed them around the school. People really appreciated their braveness and supported them by wearing their own pink clothes. From then on, because of these brave grade twelve boys, an anti-bullying day was created.
From the story of the young boy getting bullied, I am sure you would not want your child or friend to be treated in such a way. People might not expect bullying to start from such a minor issue, but it does. We need everyone to stand up for what is right and make an effort to stop bullying. If no one stands up, bullying will become another daily problem.
In the United Kingdom there is an Anti-Bullying Week every year which is organised by The Anti-Bullying Alliance, to raise awareness of this problem. The weeks usually take place in November and there is a different theme each year. The theme for 2011 was: “Stop and think – words can hurt.” This shows how there are many ways someone can get bullied and it may not even be visible to others.
The more involvement there is, the faster a difference can be made. Continue to stand up for those who still get bullied and never miss the chance to become a savior in their life. Your courage will reach out to a million others who will realize the importance of putting a stop to bullying.
Even though the day has passed, there have been wristbands that were sold throughout high schools in British Columbia. They are pink and have a quote on them which says, “See Something, Say Something” on one side and, “STOP BULLYING,” on the other side. These wristbands were made by Protecting Surrey Schools Together (PSST). If you did not get a chance to buy one, then you can order a band against bullying from www.wristbandconnection.com. Shirts have also been sold to support anti-bullying and they read, “Bullying Stops Here.” This way you are able to remind yourself to take action whenever you see someone getting bullied. Anti-Bullying Day should not be just a one day event. You should support anti-bullying throughout your entire lifetime. Getting these shirts and wristbands are a great way to show your support and awareness.
There is support for anti-bullying throughout the world, so do not feel like you are the only one supporting this cause. If you continue to raise awareness about this, others will hopefully join to support this as well. There are activities that students can do in class, so teachers should visit Jim Burns’ website to learn more and get students involved too. If you want to get involved in other activities, you should consider visiting the Stand Together website. In order for such problems to end, we all need to take action and stand up for what is right. Raising awareness about bullying would impact us all positively and possibly aid in putting an end to the problem. Spread the word and speak up for those who are mistreated.