Today was Pink Shirt Day at our high school. Kids, teachers, guys and girls were all sporting various pink clothing. There were pink sneakers, pink pants, pink t-shirts, dress shirts, ties, sweaters, bracelets, scarves. All shades of pink, some as part of a pattern and some plain pink. Some of us ordered special Bullying Starts Here shirts and others wore their normal clothes. I even had one male student who borrowed a pink zip-jacket from his mother. Through the whole day I heard almost no name calling, almost no bad language, it was very cool!
I am sure there were people at the school who thought some of us looked silly, maybe even some bullies who were itching to make a comment, but that is the wonder of numbers. It is a fact that if it is clear that your behaviour will not be tolerated by most of the people around, it is less likely that you will do it.
I don’t know if it will make a difference tomorrow, but the several hundred students all dressed in pink and chanting, “bullying stops here,” won’t forget it!