The City of Armstrong is in the pink.
City council unanimously passed a request from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club to declare today Anti-Bullying Day in the city, and also declared this week Anti-Bullying Week.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are once again joining today’s provincial and national movement of Pink Shirt Day – Bullying Stops Here, where everyone is encouraged to wear pink.
“We proudly participate in Pink Shirt Day because it promotes the awareness, the understanding and openness about the problem (of bullying), and the shared commitment to a solution,” said Merran Davies of Armstrong’s Okanagan Boys and Girls Club who, along with colleague Jack Whelpley, were decked out in Pink Shirt Day – Bullying Stops Here T-shirts.
Pink Shirt Day started several years ago in Nova Scotia when two high school students wore pink after a fellow student had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. The idea has caught on nationally.
“You go up to the high school and I’d say 90 per cent of the students and staff will be wearing pink,” said Coun. Paul Britton, who is a counsellor at Pleasant Valley Secondary School. “Because of this movement, other kids aren’t afraid to stand up to bullies. It’s an in-your-face type of program, and people have been getting involved to put a stop to this.”
“The response has been greater and greater every year but that’s because the problem increases,” added Whelpley. “It’s gone from the standard face-to-face bullying to the more sinister approach of using social media or the Internet. It’s not something that can be ignored.”