The first day of school can be a traumatic day, but this year, more so for a boy at Central Kings Rural High School in the small community of Cambridge in Canada. In a story quickly making the rounds on the web, this Grade 9 boy decided to wear a pink polo shirt to school. Of course, this being the Bully Blog, he was picked on by bullies for wearing the shirt.
That’s the bad part of the story. But the story get’s really good now. When two Grade 12 students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, heard about it, they decided to do something about it and help the boy who was bullied. An article on CBCNews site describes what happened:
They went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, including tank tops, to wear to school the next day. Then the two went online to e-mail classmates to get them on board with their anti-bullying cause that they dubbed a “sea of pink.”…Not only were dozens of students outfitted with the discount tees, but hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes, some head-to-toe.
When the bullied student, who has never been identified, walked into school to see his fellow students decked out in pink, some of his classmates said it was a powerful moment. He may have even blushed a little.
“Definitely it looked like there was a big weight lifted off his shoulders. He went from looking right depressed to being as happy as can be,” said Shepherd.
The article goes on to say that the bullies haven’t made another sound in the school since this incident. What a positive experience this must have been for the boy who was picked on. I hope this becomes the norm and the story continues to spread.