Travis Price and David Shepard, two grade 12 students who live in rural Nova Scotia, organized a school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a grade 9 boy who was being bullied.
The boy being targeted was new to the school, and had worn a pink polo shirt on his first day there, prompting a group of bullies to taunt him, call him “fag”, and threaten to beat him up. So Mr. Sheperd and Mr. Price headed off to a local discount store, bought 50 pink tank tops, and stood in the foyer of their school, handing out the shirts. The bullied boy walked in, and according to Mr. Price, “his face spoke volumes. It looked as if a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders.”
The bullies were never heard from again.
A small gesture, perhaps, but a truly courageous one, and I’m sure it made an enormous difference in the emotional life of the targeted student. Seeing two of their fellow students stand up for a victim, and witnessing the results were probably the most important lessons any of the students at that school learned this year.
(from the Globe and Mail)