Pink Shirt Day promotes Anti Bullying Campaign
February 26th is considered day of support for anti-bullying cause
PARENTING – Going into its 7th year – February 26th was declared “Pink Shirt Day” after one boy from Nova Scotia was bullied at his local high school for wearing a pink shirt. Bullying happens at home, in school, in the workplace and online so its campaigns like this that bring awareness to a major problem that seems to impact many people young and old. Many people across the country got involved and showed their support and wore pink shirts including a few friends of Iksokapi Magazine who also shared their views in support of PINK SHIRT Day.
Sherri Kellock – Telling a story: thinking of my own story of bullying. When I was young I was chubby and everyday when I walked home from my piano lessons (around grade 3ish) there was a group of kids who lived by a kitty walk I had to go through. They ALWAYS bugged me about my weight and every single time they would run around me and call me fatty etc. It is like they knew when I was to walk there! Anyhow I would just walk through them most of the time, just ignoring them, but it hurt deep inside as a young girl!
I always felt insecure about my weight but in junior high school that all changed! I started losing weight (not eating I should say which is really unhealthy), I started smoking and drinking and trying to be “so cool” and then of course drugs came into the picture afterwards too! I started to feel a “false confident” in my being, and then became sort of a bully too really, but it was all a cover up for the insecurity I felt inside I know!
Needless to say I don’t do all that now and stopped in my 20’s, thank God, and from that time on I had to search inward, grew spiritually and learned to accept myself for who “I was” and not what others wanted me to be! This day I am “A ok” with who I am -no drugs, no booze, no cover ups and you know that I know, without a doubt, that if bullying stopped drugs/alcohol abuse and violence in society would surely decrease too! I sincerely believe this in my heart and for all those being bullied don’t let it get to you! You are WAY better then them. Know that bullies are really cowards! Stand tall, be confident, don’t use cover ups like drugs/booze they don’t work, know you are perfect 100% as creator intended you to be and know that there are lots of people who really really love you. I am not sharing this story for self pity because I have done my healing, instead I share my experience, strength and hope that it will give courage to others to share their stories too and know you are not alone because I know we all have our stories.
February 26th is “Pink Shirt, Anti Bullying Day”..I know that wearing this pink shirt won’t magically put an end to bullying but it will help me to have a conversation with my students about respect, kindness and courage. Don’t forget to always lead with love. Have a blessed day Relatives
Jr Onespot – I used to be a bully. I have no excuses other than I was just a shitty kid. I can recall every time I did something mean spirited to someone. I can recall because before I did I got a pain in my gut telling me it was wrong but did it anyways. I don’t look back on that time and smile, instead feel horrible guilt for the days I ruined.It wasn’t till grade 9 I opened my eyes and realized what I’ve been doing.A lot of that had to do with the friends I had made and what they taught me(a lot of whom I wasn’t always the nicest too but still accepted me as a friend).
I’ll always be sorry for things I’ve done. I’m now raising my daughter, and the thought of her being cruel or having someone be cruel to her pains me the most. From my moment of realization I always told myself if I could help someone change their bad situation I would. So teach your kids about the hurt that goes along with bullying. Kids deal with enough nowadays that going to school shouldn’t have to be a worry.