The Barrie Police Service proudly supports Pink Shirt Day and continues to raise awareness for anti-bullying.
Why a Pink Shirt?
The idea comes from an incredible group of high school students in Nova Scotia. In 2007 a new grade 9 student had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The group of teens decided to take a stand against bullying.
The teens bought 50 pink tank tops, and the next day distributed the shirts to all the boys in their school. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes!
Bullying is happening all around us. It’s prevalent in homes, work environments, schools and now more over the internet.
Teaching children to use their voice and have the courage to stand up to bullying behavior is an integral way to put an end to bullying. In addition, fostering empathy, kindness, and compassion are essential components in bullying prevention.
For more information on bullying and where kids and teens can turn for help visit: KidsHelpPhone.ca
“Everyone has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included, valued and accepted regardless of their differences”, reminds Chief Kimberley Greenwood.