FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School held a Pink Shirt Day in partnership with the province today for Anti-Bullying Awareness.
Pink Shirt Day was started by two students in Nova Scotia. The two teens got the idea after seeing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. They distributed pink shirts to all the boys in their school as a protest.
“I like to support the event,” said Grade 11 student Marco Petrucci. “I try to purchase t-shirts and wristbands every year since it’s been around since I was in elementary school.”
Since 2008, over $1.2 million raised from t-shirt sales have gone to anti-bullying programs throughout the province including Boys & Girls Clubs, Red Cross RespectED Violence Prevention Program and Kids Help Phone.
“We like to put the funds that are raised back into the community,” said NPSS Vice-Principal Jason Gill. “Whether it be the Women’s Resource Society or the shelters. It also goes towards the cost of the t-shirts for the school.”
Gill and Petrucci were in agreement, that there has been a significant drop in bullying face-to-face and cyberbullying in schools over the last couple of years because of events such as Pink Shirt Day.
To report bullying you can visit:www.erasebullying.ca