The Pink Shirt Gang Fights Back


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.

<Pink Shirt

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.

12 thoughts on “The Pink Shirt Gang Fights Back

  1. i think this is good for the social life in school today in this generation. not only did the bullies learn that stereotypes are bad and not the best thing to have in mind. but it takes a normal person to bully but takes a special person to make the difference. this story hits the heart.. good job now lets see more events such as this one

  2. a met them and travis and david are amzing people who obviously understand how bullying hurts. its amazing how knowing others understand and have similar experiences can help. such as our teen run and used healing circle at EWC. you’ve started something amazing boys. i know i can make a difference because of you.

  3. Wow! This story is incredible. This is an awsome act of kindness, compassion & leadership on David & Travis behalf but also a strong stand for everyone wearing the PINK SHIRT! Thank you each one of you! Perhaps we all should follow your example, take a risk by standing up for each other.Again Wow!

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  6. WOW!!! This is such an amazing story… I know what it feels like to be bullied because I have been bullied all my life… Personally this story hits home… When I was little I once wore Guys clothes and of course me being a girl it was funny to some of the people at my school so they decided to pick on me! Then my boyfriend being kind and what not asked all the girls at Rivermont High school to wear all Guys clothes…. And guess what…THEY DID!!!! So this story just gos to show you that even when you feel all alone there’s always someone who cares.

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