Schools across the province stand united in hopes of bringing an end to the devastating effects bullying can have on young lives.
Pink Shirt Day took place across B.C. on Wednesday. The anti-bullying day is celebrated across Canada and in 25 countries around the world on other dates. The movement aims to eliminate schoolyard bullying and alleviate the negative consequences bullying can have on children in school.
And the consequences of bullying can be life-altering, not just for the victims but for their families, schoolmates and community.
The statistics tell a frightening tale. Bullying is not just an occasional event. The growing popularity of events such as Pink Shirt Day show that Canadians are committed to putting an end to the potentially tragic results of bullying.
Strategies and legislation aimed at preventing bullying and helping victims of bullying are certainly worthwhile ventures.
But it bears noting that no one is born a bully, it is a behaviour children learn from those around them.
It is something parents need to keep in mind the next time they’re angered by a passing motorist or something that takes place in the check-out line or neighbourhood rink.