Wednesday, Feb. 26, is Pink Shirt Day, the annual day to spread anti-bullying messages. KTW is pleased to reprint this editorial from last year as the message remains important.
Another Pink Shirt Day has arrived, though the real news will be when such a day no longer exists.
We should live in a world where there is no need to remind people to be kind and where there is no need to wear buttons that decry bullying.
Alas, we are all human and there will always be those either raised by bullies or those who cannot confront the internal reasons for their bullying. All we can do is try to teach, day by day, and part of that education comes via events like Wednesday’s Pink Shirt Day.
The original event was organized in 2007 by two Nova Scotia students who purchased and handed out 50 pink T-shirts after a fellow male student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.
As in years past, thousands of Canadians are expected to wear pink on Wednesday to show their support for safe and inclusive schools, workplaces and communities.
Schools have long been involved in the annual event, encouraging students to wear pink as a way to bring the problem of bullying to the forefront. But all of us can do our part every day, not just on Wednesday, and we can do this wearing a shirt of any colour.
It is not that difficult to not be an idiot in real life or online.
Adopt the Golden Rule when interacting with people and simply treat them as you wish to be treated. When disagreeing with a point of view online, think before you type and try hard to form a convincing argument without the all-too-prevalent insults that pollute cyberspace.
Help those whose venom may mask pain and ask questions.
More importantly, teach your children to do the above.
If we don’t, the cyclical nature of life will mean events like Pink Shirt Day will be held in perpetuity.
In a better world, there would be no need for Pink Shirt Day.