Stand­ing up in pink to chal­lenge bul­lies

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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.

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