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Join the fight against bullying . . . wear pink on 'Pink Shirt Day'

Some students at LVR decided to get a head start on Pink Shirt Day by posing for a photo at the Fairview-based school. — photo courtesy LVR

Students and staff at L.V Rogers High School plan to join tens of thousands across Canada as part of "Pink Shirt Day" Wednesday.

Pink Shirt Day is a nationwide movement that originated at Central Kings Rural High School in Cambridge, Nova Scotia more than a decade ago.

There, two students witnessed a bully harassing and threatening a Grade 9 student wearing a pink shirt to school.

The two students, who witnessed the event, took action, went out and bought 50 pink shirts, encouraging others to wear them or their own pink clothes to school the next day.

‘A sea of pink’ hit the school the following morning when hundreds of students showed up decked out in pink to support the cause.

On Wednesday, February 29th students and teachers will be wearing pink to symbolize a stand against bullying and that it has no place in schools, the workplace or even in the home.

Schools right across the country now participate annually in Pink Shirt Day and seven schools from Nelson are on the official list of schools taking part in the event. We are asking the community to participate in this important event and wear pink on February 29th to support the stand against bullying.

If you are a victim of bullying you can contact the Kids Help Line at 1-800-668-6868 or register a complaint at www.stopabully.com

And to learn more you can visit www.pinkshirtday.ca