Saskatchewan schools are a sea of pink this week as teachers and students show they will not accept bullying.
The Red Cross Pink Shirt campaign gives students the tools to not only stand up to bullies, but to help those who are being victimized. It’s a campaign M.J. Coldwell School in Regina has made its own.
“Our goal is to create healthy, successful students who succeed academically,” said Principal Sherri Beattie. “We know in order to do that they need to feel safe and secure.”
“When we’re wearing our pink shirts, we’re basically all a big happy family,” added grade eight student Savanna Smythe-Mcarthur. “When we come here, we all love each other, it’s just like home. You can come here and rely on everybody, and it makes me feel like I have a family here.”
More than 12-thousand students at 350 schools across Saskatchewan are participating in the campaign.
“They’re making a statement for everybody in the province about the kind of environment they want to live in and be a part of,” said Norm Jakubowski, the Provincial Manager of the Canadian Red Cross’ RespectED program, which gives students the tools to not only stand up to bullies, but help the victims as well.
“Make connections with kids who are sometimes targeted,” Jakubowski added. “Make sure that they’re not left out and alienated by the experience, and we give them some other tools and suggestions as we work through our program.”
Read it on Global News: Global Regina | Saskatchewan students support Pink Shirt day