Schools across the HSCDSB participated in #pinkshirtday on Wednesday.
The original event was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, who in 2007 bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after a male ninth grade student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.
A US study shows that one out of four kids will be bullied during their adolescence. Most of the time it continues after the first incident; statistics show that 71 percent of students that are bullied, keep being bullied making it a problem with no end.
According to the Yale School of Medicine, a study in 2010 discovered a connection between being bullied and suicide. Suicide rates continue to grow among children and adolescents more than 50 percent in the last 30 years.
What is bullying?
Simply put, bullying is a pattern of unwelcome or aggressive behaviour, often with the goal of making others uncomfortable, scared or hurt.
What are the effects of bullying?
The effects of bullying on youth can be traumatic and long-lasting. Victims of bullying can show a range of emotional, behavioural, physical and relationship problems. As noted above, in extreme cases, bullying can lead to suicide. Bullying is very serious, and its impact on children and youth must be taken seriously.