Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pink Shirts

Did you catch the story?

I didn't, my friend Lori from BC sent it to me. She said that she was cheering when she heard the kids interviewed on CBC radio. Her note to me said that she didn't forward many articles but that she knew that I'd like this one. I'm thrilled that she did.

Somewhere in Nova Scotia a new kid started at at new school. Anyone who ever switched schools knows how that feels. The young man came to his new school wearing a pink shirt. The school bullies set upon him and called him all sorts of names, making inferences about his sexuality, in doing so bullying him and terrifying every gay kid in the school.

Two teen boys thought this was ridiculous and went out and bought 75 pink coloured shirts and distributed them to all their friends and all the kids who wanted to stand up to the bullies. When the new kid arrived at school a couple days later he saw a sea of pink, all kids who didn't know him showed him that he wasn't alone, that there were those who would stand with him and against the bullies. They even saved a tee shirt for him to wear with them. Along with the shirts they brought pink material to make arm bands and head bands. In all, over half the kids at a school of over 800 wore pink that day as a statement against bullying. You can read the whole story by going to http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/Search/858884.html

A great story. The article in the paper has a picture of these two teen heros wearing pink shirts and grinning into the camera.

The article doesn't say but I believe that every kid in that school is safer from bullies right now. Fat kids. Frecked kids. Disabled kids. Gay kids. All of them. Bullies don't expect others to care. They depend upon the apathy of others to get away with what they do. All that it takes for evil to succeed is that good people do nothing. This time, the good people did something. This time, the bullies lost. This time, so maybe next time too. All it takes for evil to succeed ... wait ...

Evil lost in Nova Scotia.

I for one am cheering.

8 comments:

wendy said...
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wendy said...

Hi Dave,
What great kids! So much of high school (back in the dark ages, at least) was about conformity. I'm glad this young man found such solidarity! I may check my closet and see if I have any pink to wear today!!

Belinda said...

Cheering too!

Kei said...

Cheering here too!!!

Stef said...

Cheers! Could we possibly be making headway with the younger generation? One small step . . .

e said...

awwww ya just gotta love the kids....

now only if we could get the grown-ups on board

rechal said...

How do you do it? How do you post something just about every day that makes my heart swell? Thank you!

Ole Ferme l'Oeil said...

Great! Really great!!!!