By Matthew McCully
Staff and students from across the Eastern Townships School Board participated in Pink Shirt Day yesterday, taking a stand against bullying and violence.
The initiative started in 2007 when a Grade 9 student in Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Two other students from the school took it upon themselves to take a stand against bullying. They went to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. The next day, they handed them out to their fellow students to wear in solidarity with the bullied boy.Over the years that gesture has evolved into a national campaign.
Some schools held assemblies to talk about the importance of standing up to bullying and spread kindness. Others spelled out their pledge in pink, like Sutton Elementary School, which gathered all the students in the school together to form a peace sign.
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