Twinsies! @marae77 and I in our matching pink fire t’s from the #calgaryfiredepartment
Pink Shirt Day originated when a grade 9 boy was teased for wearing a pink shirt to school. 17 year old David Shepherd, Travis Price and their friends organized a high-school protest to take a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment. “I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,” said Travis. “Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.”
David and his friends headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out messages to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. “It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,” Travis recalled. “The bullies were never heard from again.”
In today’s digital world, it can be impossible to escape online bullying, whether it takes the shape of harassment, spreading rumors, sharing embarrassing information or threats. This year, Pink Shirt Day is encouraging others to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative, and instead using the internet to spread kindness. Because Nice Needs No Filter.