Standing up in pink to challenge bullies
If it’s pink, wear it.
ACG Tauranga students had fun donning every pink item they had in their closets for Pink Shirt Day last week.
Students came to school in a sea of pink clothes and costumes to show their support.
They also raised more than $200 for the Mental Health Foundation of NZ.
Pink Shirt Day is a global antibullying movement and helps to raise awareness of issues surrounding bullying.
Every year the school marks Pink Shirt Day. Students in Year 8 designed and ran a special assembly featuring a skit about bullying, statistics, ways to dealwith bullying, with performances shedding light on bullying.
Lucah Lockhart, 12, reminded students that it takes courage to ask for help.
“There are many people here at school who care about supporting you,” he said. “Standing togethermeans that as a group we can make it clear that there is no room for bullying.”
Madeleine Johnson-Marsh played the role of the bully in the skit. She was surprised at how it made her feel.
“I felt so mean, it was hard to do and made me feel sad. It made me think that maybe the people doing the bullying actually feel sad.”
PINK ARMY: A sea of pink was worn by Western Bay schools last week. Pictured is ACG Tauranga students getting into the anti-bullying spirit.