WEST PALM BEACH – The international bullying prevention event Pink Shirt Day will be recognized on Wednesday, February 28, with everyone encouraged to wear pink as a show of support.
Pink Shirt Day originated in Canada when a boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on his first day at high school.
In response, students came to school the next day wearing pink. By doing so, they created a “Sea of Pink”, making a statement about standing up for others and showing solidarity against bullying.
“Pink Shirt Day is a reminder for every employee, student and volunteer to make a conscious effort and commitment not to add to the pain of others,” said Kim Mazauskas, Bullying Compliance, Prevention and Intervention Coordinator with the District’s Department of Safe Schools. “We do our best to look at people with caring eyes, and provide support to anyone who needs help.”
The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s Turning Bullies into Buddies program coordinated a local theme for this year, “Many Cultures, One Community” to celebrate the day and movement.