Police, educators and residents take part in Pink Shirt Day

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

Staff and faculty of the Fort McMurray Public School District promote the “Kindness is one size fits all” message on Pink Shirt Day. Supplied photo

Staff and faculty of the Fort McMurray Public School District promote the “Kindness is one size fits all” message on Pink Shirt Day. Supplied photo

The community came together to show support in diminishing bullying for the Pink Shirt Day campaign on February 24.

“It’s important to take a stand against bullying and days like today allow us help bring awareness to this important issue, which directly affects young people in our community,” said Officer in Charge of the Wood Buffalo Detachment Superintendent Rob McCloy, in a release on the National awareness day.

Wood Buffalo RMCP members and staff took part by wearing pink shirts, and even had their police service dog Chet dress up for the occasion.

Pink Shirt day was first initiated by two high school students in Nova Scotia on February 2007, after they put on pink shirts to protest against the harassment towards a new Grade 9 student at their school.

The day has since became a National campaign to influence others. By donning a pink shirt, people are symbolizing that they do not tolerate bullying.

PinkShirtRCMPA release from the Wood Buffalo RCMP stated: “Bullying is a major problem in our schools, work places, and communities.” They encourage victims of or witness of bulling to “please speak up”.

Hundreds of FMPSD staff, faculty and students also took part in the campaign. Fort McMurray Public School District’s (FMPSD) Associate Superintendent, Education & Administration Dr. Brenda Sautner said “Every day is Pink Shirt Day for our public schools.”

For residents seeking more information on bullying and how to stop it, visit www.stopabully.ca. The website offers a wide variety of resourceful tools, including videos and letters.

-Connect Weekly-