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Bullying, and it's effects on children and adults, has received some much needed attention recently. See for example yesterdays story in the Ottawa Citizen: Poster campaign targets LGBT bullying in Lanark County.

Tomorrow kids across the Halifax Regional School Board will be wearing pink to school to show support for Stand Up Against Bullying Day

The original event was started in 2007 by 3 students from Central Kings Rural High School, David Shepherd, Travis Price and Charles McNeill. After a fellow male student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school, they bought and distributed 50 pink shirts to other students.

Their actions to stop bullying gained attention across North America and has become an annual event in Nova Scotia and other provinces where it is also referred to as Day of Pink or Think Pink Day.

Bullying can have lasting, even fatal consequences. At least three Nova Scotia teenagers have committed suicide after being bullied online.

Sometimes even a small gesture, like wearing pink, can help raise awareness. So tomorrow I will be wearing pink to support the fight against bullying. Will you?

Further Reading

Canadian Anti-Bullying Resources for Parents – Public

Nova Scotia needs to do more to protect children from bullies

More Needs to Be Done in Nova Scotia to Protect Children Against Cyberbullying

Cyber Bullying: Keeping Your Child Safe Online

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