PINK SHIRT DAY WATERLOO REGION
Thank you to everyone who participated in Pink Shirt Day Waterloo Region 2013!
Kirti Lad, grade 10 from Cameron Heights won our Pink Shirt design contest. Here is our 2013 Pink Shirt Day shirt!
The start of Pink Shirt Day
In 2007, two high school students from the small community of Cambridge in Nova Scotia witnessed a Grade 9 boy being bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. Bullies harassed the boy, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up. Disgusted with this treatment, the students 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”. The next day 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.
It was this story that inspired the movement Pink Shirt Day, a day where students are encouraged to wear something pink on the last Wednesday of February to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.