Go­ing pink to stop bul­ly­ing

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Young­sters across cen­tral Auck­land are wear­ing pink shirts to­day to help stop bul­ly­ing.

To­day Rose­bank School in Avon­dale and sev­eral other pri­mary schools in the area are get­ting be­hind Pink Shirt Day, an in­ter­na­tional event which aims to re­duce bul­ly­ing by cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity and pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive so­cial re­la­tion­ships.

Along with wear­ing pink the stu­dents at Rose­bank have been writ­ing pos­i­tive mes­sages on pink bal­loons and have taken part in a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Pink Shirt Day be­gan in Nova Sco­tia in 2007 when a group of stu­dents de­fended a class­mate who was bul­lied for wear­ing a pink shirt. The other stu­dents then wore pink shirts in sup­port of their class­mate and in op­po­si­tion to the bul­ly­ing.

Schools and work­places around the coun­try are en­cour­aged to cel­e­brate the ini­tia­tive through­out the month.

Pink out: Schools all around New Zealand par­tic­i­pate in Pink Shirt Day, which has an anti-bul­ly­ing mes­sage.

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