Golden goes pink to stop bullying

APES says 'No' to bullying.

APES says 'No' to bullying.

You might have seen a lot of people around Golden wearing pink shirts last Wednesday, adding a bit of zest to the cold, overcast day and adding to the momentum of the nation-wide effort to acknowledge that bullying is just not acceptable.  Students at Golden elementary schools, Golden Secondary School and various businesses and organizations in town dressed in pink on February 23 to show that we are a community that fosters respect, fairness, equity and compassion. Pink Shirt Day began with the actions of two high school boys in Nova Scotia to take a stand against gender discrimination and bullying.In 2007 grade 12 students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, bought 50 pink shirts, including tank tops, to wear to school in support of a grade nine boy at a high school in Cambridge, Nova Scotia. The boy had been bullied on his first day of school because of a pink polo short he was wearing. Provincial Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid said her message on this day to students who continue to deal with bullying is simple: tell someone. The day, she continued, which is also proclaimed as Anti-Bullying Day, is celebrated to recognize the efforts of students and adults across B.C. to build communities that foster respect, fairness, equity and compassion. “To know that Pink Shirt Day began with the actions of just two high-school boys in Nova Scotia and is now celebrated by thousands in Canada from coast to coast shows that we as adults can learn from our students,” said MacDiarmid.