Two students at Central Kings Rural High School in Canada led half the student body in a protest against bullying last week by wearing pink. A 9th grade student turned up at school on the first day wearing a pink shirt and was made fun of by a group of older boys who called him gay and threatened to beat him up. The next day to 12th graders, David Shepherd and Travis Price, set about doing something to send a message to the bullies. They used the phone and the internet to rally students to wear pink to school the next day and succeeded in getting approximately 400 students to turn up in pink. The bullies were said to be quite angry about it.
David said, “Our intention was to stand up for this kid so he doesn’t get picked on… I’ve stood around too long and I wanted to do something.” “People say you’re famous, heroes or celebrities,” added Travis, “We’re not, we’re just two kids who stood up for a cause.” Travis’ comment simply confirms their hero status – they took up a cause and did it with humility and without regard for the possible repercussions. Bravo and bring on Pink Days in schools around the world.