Pupils pink about their peers

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN Pink Shirt Day photos pg 16

Pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive val­ues is what Pink Shirt Day is all about, or­gan­is­ers say.

Cen­tral Otago anti-bul­ly­ing group Sticks ’n Stones fa­cil­i­tated the wear­ing of pink and ac­tiv­i­ties associated with the anti-bul­ly­ing mes­sage in eight schools across re­gion on Fri­day.

Co-founder Karla San­ders said they had en­abled ad­vo­cate groups at St Ger­ard’s, Alexan­dra, Clyde, Dun­stan, Hawea, Mt As­pir­ing, Cromwell and Roxburgh schools to run ac­tiv­i­ties associated with the day.

‘‘It’s about re­ally pro­mot­ing the val­ues of com­pas­sion, ac­cep­tance and diver­sity and us­ing those as ev­ery-day val­ues,’’ she said. ‘‘To be able to be some­where where ev­ery per­son is able to be them­selves with­out ha­rass­ment, hate or bul­ly­ing.’’

Hun­dreds of chil­dren across the re­gion were ex­posed to the mes­sage and plenty of busi­nesses got on board too, San­ders said.

Cel­e­brated an­nu­ally around the globe, Pink Shirt Day be­gan in Canada in 2007 when two stu­dents took a stand against ho­mo­pho­bic bul­ly­ing and mo­bilised their whole school af­ter a peer was bul­lied for wear­ing a pink shirt.

Pink Shirt Day aims to cre­ate schools, work­places and com­mu­ni­ties where all peo­ple feel safe, val­ued and re­spected and was the fi­nal day of the Bul­ly­ing Preven­tion Ad­vi­sory Group’s Bul­ly­ing-Free NZ Week.

JONATHAN SIMP­SON

Alexan­dra Pri­mary pupils form the shape of a T-shirt for Pink Shirt Day.

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