Kamloops students, school staff, sheriffs and police officers added a splash of pink to their wardrobe on Pink Shirt Day — Wednesday, Feb. 24 — to show the community where they stand against stopping bullying.
“Pink Shirt Day is a reminder of what the district strives for every day, which is having programs and services that encourage healthy self-esteem and relationships, a positive sense of belonging, as well as teaching kindness, compassion and empathy,” said Vessy Mochikas, School District 73’s director of instruction. “The district appreciates this partnership we have with the RCMP and Sheriff Service and the leadership they're providing to create safe, responsive environments that help address bullying.”
Throughout the school year, local law enforcement partners work with students to help encourage them to make safe and positive choices when faced with peer conflict.
“Bullying is unwelcome regardless of the form it may come in such as aggressive behaviour or exclusion,” Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Dana Napier said. “It can occur in person or online, in school or out in the community. Effects can be harmful to all and have negative long-term effects.”
Pink Shirt Day serves as a good reminder to parents, adults, caregivers and school and community leaders to talk about bullying, its impacts and what part everyone can play to prevent it from continuing.