Kamloops schools will be swarmed with pink during the annual Anti-Bullying Day on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The event, also known as Pink Shirt Day, encourages students to commit to a harassment-free environment.
This year, schools host a number of related activities including an RCMP presentation on cyber bullying, student group presentations, signing pledges and the sale of a variety of items like shirts and wristbands emblazoned with anti-bullying logos. Profits go to the Boys and Girls Club.
"Anti-Bullying Day . . . gives students, staff and our district an opportunity to pull together and demonstrate support for safe schools and positive social behaviour," said district Supt. Terry Sullivan.
The original event was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, who bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after a male student named Charles McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.
Now schools across the country deliver the same message, not just once but throughout the year.
In Kamloops on Wednesday, pro social behaviour and bullying were the main topics of discussion at a district-wide leadership workshop at the Henry Grube Centre.
More than 100 secondary students and staff leadership representatives gathered for the day.
"The goal for the day was to get leaders from every high school talking about pro social behaviour," said district principal Bill Hamblett.
Representatives from organizations such as United Way and the Red Cross told students how they could get involved and work as mentors. Students from various schools also shared programs and ideas they're working on individually.
The event was a first in terms of scope and many of the ideas generated will be taken back to individual schools, said Hamblett.
Find more information about Pink Shirt Day here: http://www.pinkshirtday.ca/
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