You might see transit staff wearing pink on Wednesday, April 14. That’s because it’s Pink Shirt Day, a day to take a stand against bullying!
Over the past three years, pink has become the color of anti-bullying, thanks to two Grade 12 students in Nova Scotia who came up with the idea after hearing about a Grade 9 boy who was harassed for wearing a pink polo shirt.
Our Transit Police will be wearing pink, and they encourage you to visit www.pinkshirtday.ca to get an official Pink Shirt and support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver’s anti-bullying programs.
Check out Chief Officer Ward Clapham’s full message at the Transit Police website. Here’s an excerpt:
When people in a community stand up to bullying they help demonstrate the kind of caring, concern and acceptable behaviour that makes a community safe. By teaching our young people that bullying is wrong and unacceptable, we are helping them choose the right path in life.
You also might see your transit operators wearing pink ‘Bullying Stops Here’ buttons on their uniforms.
Coast Mountain Bus Company has teamed up with CKNW to offer 3,500 buttons to staff, showing their support for eradicating bullying in our community. Here’s part of a note they have sent out to staff.
We recognize that bullying is not limited to the classrooms or playgrounds. It is also experienced in the workplace and other social settings. No matter where it strikes, the effects can be devastating, leading to low self esteem, a continuing cycle of absenteeism, and even suicide. Therefore, we all have a responsibility to stand up for those who have become targets and help stop it before it becomes a cycle.
I’ll keep an eye out on Wednesday to see how many pink buttons and shirts are on the system — here’s hoping we’ll see a sea of pink!