Tuesday, February 28 2012
Unthinkably PinkIt's the Hello Kitty™ tartan!
Yes, yes, I know: what has been seen can't be unseen and I owe some folks eyeball bleach to get that image out of their minds. But it's all in a good cause. Monday, February 29th is Pink Shirt Day, when you can take the opportunity to stand against bullying by showing your colours--in this case, pink. By wearing pink you'll show others that you're committed to a bully-free lifestyle.
Awareness of bullying has come a very long way since my school days when kids were advised to 'Stand up for yourself', and that, 'Bullies are cowards, they'll back down'. Hogwash, of course. Bullies are manipulative, hurtful sociopaths, and rather than 'back down', they come back from another direction, working to isolate their victims and torment them. The only way to deal with them is to shine a light on their behaviour and to confront it at every turn: evil thrives in darkness and together we can light up the corners where they hide, and standing together we can abnegate their anti-social acts and make safe and welcoming schools and workplaces.
Let the bullied know they're not alone, and that you'll stand beside them--and stand against bullying--by wearing a pink shirt tomorrow. In Canada, Pink Shirt Day has some good resources but wherever you live schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and community groups all have anti-bullying programs. Get involved and you can make a difference.
See you in the pink.
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