The battle to eradicate bullying from schools is about to take another step forward.
Many local schools at the elementary, junior high and high school levels will be taking part in Pink Shirt Day, which will be marked Feb. 29.
Inspired by a pair of students who decided to have all of their fellow senior high school students wear pink shirts after another student was bullied for wearing one, Pink Shirt Day will involve teachers and students wearing pink shirts displaying their pledge against bullying.
The day will also feature activities, videos and lessons with an anti-bullying theme.
It’s not the first concerted effort to address the problem of bigger or older students senselessly picking on the vulnerable, but bullying is an issue which students, parents and teachers all have to continue to be vigilant about.
Providing children and adults with the tools to take on bullies is the key. Education and advice on how to combat those who try to compensate for their own weakness through nasty tactics goes a long way towards shrinking the problem. The more we talk about it, the less it will happen.
On February 29 we should all think about our actions and how they impact others. Though most people are aware when they are being bullied, at times it may be hard to recognize when we are being bullies. Looking inward goes a long ways towards how we behave on the outside.
Black Press and The Free Press are proud sponsors of the local Pink Shirt Day and the Bullying Stops Here campaign. We stand alongside other businesses, organizations and individuals who want to see bullying stopped so everybody can lead a happier life.