Cen­tral Kings still a bully-free zone

Ten years af­ter Pink Shirt Day cre­ated at CK, stu­dents still mark the oc­ca­sion

Annapolis Valley Register - - COMMUNITY - By Wendy el­liott Kingscountynews.ca CAM­BRIDGE

The legacy of the first Pink Shirt Day at Cen­tral Kings Ru­ral High School in 2007 lives on a decade later.

“We like to cel­e­brate an in­spir­ing event that was that first year,” says Adrie Cameron, who is stu­dent coun­cil prime min­is­ter.

Cameron said the stu­dent body takes a stand against bul­ly­ing ev­ery year.

“The con­ver­sa­tion started 10 years ago and we are keep­ing it go­ing. We don’t want to stand by and let bul­ly­ing hap­pen,” she said.

Cameron es­ti­mated 60 per cent of the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion wore pink Sept. 13. The stu­dent coun­cil set up face paint­ing, a photo booth and sold pink cot­ton candy.

Danielle Hay­den and Jessie Martin, who also serve on the coun­cil, said the event re­minds stu­dents that they still need to take a stand against bul­ly­ing.

Cameron hopes older stu­dents who see a younger stu­dent be­ing picked on won’t put up with it.

She sees se­nior stu­dents and staff as role mod­els.

The stu­dent body at Cen­tral Kings held an as­sem­bly at lunchtime on Sept. 13 and then walked to the Water­ville fire hall and back wav­ing pink posters.

Vice-prin­ci­pal Stan Mcvicar called the Cen­tral Kings stu­dents “ex­cep­tional” for keep­ing the anti-bul­ly­ing mes­sage strong for a decade.

“Peo­ple are thor­oughly im­pressed,” he said dur­ing the as­sem­bly. “Make Pink Day not just one day, but ev­ery day. Be there for each other. Lift peo­ple up.”

Cameron told the as­sem­bly that about 6.5 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als mark Pink Day in 13 coun­tries.

In 2007, the Pink Shirt Day co-founders were aim­ing

to sup­port a male Grade 9 stu­dent who was bul­lied for wear­ing a pink polo shirt on the first day of school. They pur­chased 50 pink shirts to dis­trib­ute to CK stu­dents at school the fol­low­ing day. They e-mailed class­mates to spread the word about their idea, dubbed Sea of Pink, and hun­dreds of stu­dents showed up for school the next day sport­ing pink at­tire. The cam­paign re­ceived in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion.

Wendy el­liott

Me­gan Ivany, left, Wy­omi Acker, Shelby Devries and Grace Sharpe held up the pink mes­sage in the Cen­tral Kings Ru­ral High Shool photo booth.

Wendy el­liott

Stu­dents on the walk to Water­ville and at the pink cot­ton candy booth.

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