Students and staff at Saskatchewan schools celebrated Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday. Pink Shirt Day started in 2007 in Nova Scotia when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, noticed a Grade 9 boy being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Shepherd and Price took action by purchasing 50 pink shirts and handing them out to students to wear the next day in support of the student who was bullied.
National Pink Shirt Day falls on Feb. 23 but with most Saskatchewan students on break during that time, school divisions celebrated it a week earlier.
Regina Public Schools spokesperson Terry Lazarou said it was important to honour this day before the break to make sure students have the chance to participate.
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“In Regina Public schools, this day has become an important one for empowering students to speak out against homophobia, transphobia and bullying in general, and to show solidarity for their fellow students,” Lazarou said.
“All students and staff have a right to learn, work and interact in a safe, caring and affirming environment, and to be accepted for the human beings they are. Underscoring this is Regina Public Schools’ Shared Values: I respect; I belong; I am responsible and I want to know.” Pink Day–today, and everyday, we put the I in KIND! Thank you, Riffel! pic.twitter.com/wJk3Qm6y4c — RiffelRoyals (@RiffelRoyals) February 16, 2022 SaskTel is also participating in Pink Shirt Day through their Be Kind Online program. Trending Stories Story continues below advertisement
Communications manager Jodine Smith acknowledged that the devices the company sells can be used for cyberbullying, so Be Kind Online was created to help eradicate that.
“It’s based on providing resources and contact information for people who might be experiencing cyberbullying or know someone else who is,” Smith told Global News. Kindness is important to us at CWC, today and always! Our commitment and promise to be there and stand up for one another is displayed in our classrooms and our halls! #KindnessIsUniversal pic.twitter.com/iGsqoSaWlV — Chief Whitecap School (@chief_school) February 16, 2022 The contact information is provided on Be Kind Online’s website. Smith said the program also partners with the education ministry on the program.
Grants of up to $1,000 are also available for youth-led initiatives in Saskatchewan that “promote kindness and promote anti-cyberbullying.”
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