Pink is the colour of the day, as students, police and regular folk across B.C. use their clothing to show support for ending bullying in schools, communities and online.
Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when two teenage boys in Nova Scotia organized a protest at their high school. They wanted to support a Grade 9 boy who was bullied for wearing pink. So the teens distributed 50 pink shirts to all the boys in the school and they wore them in solidarity for their classmate.
The idea spread across Canada.
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In B.C., a day in February has been proclaimed an official Anti-Bullying Day.
Premier Christy Clark actually spearheaded Pink Shirt Day when she worked as a CKNW host. The radio station has been instrumental in organizing the sale of pink T-shirts and donating the proceeds to various anti-bullying programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C. and the Kids Help Phone.
But even if you don't have an official pink T-shirt, you can wear any pink clothing item to show your commitment to stopping bullying.
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) January 29, 2014