Febuary 29th was Anti-Bullying Day Nation wide, also known as Pink Shirt Day, and in support of this day I decided to go back to my old elementary school and do a slide show presentation for the kids. Even though this was more than a month ago, I feel this is a very important topic that should always be talked about. Plus, I just received my pictures!
- Pink Shirt Day was inspired by two grade 12 Nova Scotia students in 2007 who decided to take action after witnessing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. The students bought 50 pink t-shirts and encouraged their schoolmates to wear them and send a powerful message of solidarity to the bully.
What is a bully?
- A bully is a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. Any time you try to make someone else feel bad about themselves, either physically, emotionally, verbally or mentally, you are being a bully, and it needs to stop!
- If you want to make a difference to stop bullying it’s not that hard. If you know someone getting bullied talk to a teacher, parent or another responsible adult and get them help. The next time you’re playing a game or sport in the school yard make sure you include everyone. Don’t make anyone ever feel isolated and alone, make sure they feel like they’re part of the group and accepted.
A great method I used when talking to the kids was story telling. It was an interesting way to teach them that bullying hurts and that it will not be tolerated. The book I chose to read was called “Don’t Laugh At Me!” by Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin and Glin Dibley. It was a great book because it taught how much bullying can impact your life when it’s you being targeted. After I read the book, we listened to the soundtrack and all the kids sang along. All in all, we had a great day together, everyone participated and felt like part of the group!
Thanks for reading! Have a great day and remember to live a bully free life! Lots of love, Kelly Ouderkirk, Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012