: Feb 24, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 is Pink Shirt Day in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.
Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007, when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price and their teenage friends, took a stand against bullying after a new grade 9 student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. David and Travis bought 50 pink shirts to give to the boys in their school to show their support for the boy who was being bullied.
On Pink Shirt Day, students and staff are encouraged to wear pink and stand up against bullying behaviour.
“As a Catholic school community, an in support of the HWCDSB Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to fostering safe and inclusive learning environments, which includes addressing bullying and working towards prevention,” says HWCDSB Mental Health Lead, Michelle Hayes.
“Students have faced so much as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. The pandemic has reminded us about the importance of working together and advocating for the most vulnerable in our community.”
This year, the theme is ‘Lift Each Other Up’ – a simple but powerful message encouraging us to work together and treat everyone with dignity and respect, suggests Assistant Superintendent Julie Angiolillo.
“When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as humans,” she adds.
“May our wearing of pink be a symbol of our commitment to humanity and demonstrate our collective expression of love, hope, and peace.”
More information regarding Pink Shirt Day, as well as resources for the classroom can be found at:https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/https://youtu.be/GFPWeTWfHa8