2011 Pink Shirt Day PSA

In case you weren't aware, Feb 23, 2011 is Pink Shirt Day - a day dedicated to raising awareness about the prevention of bullying.

The day is uniquely Canadian, having started in 2007 in Nova Scotia when a Grade 9 boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

Here's what followed when two other students found out about what had happened (courtesy of the Globe & Mail):

"David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.

‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’

So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag.

As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled.

The bullies were never heard from again."

For more information about how you can take part in Pink Shirt Day, please go to www.pinkshirtday.ca.