The 22nd of February is International STAND UP to Bullying Day, a day that was inspired by Travis Price and David Shepherd, two students who took a stand for a fellow student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. This semi-annual event (the second is on the 3rd Friday in November) in which participants sign and wear a pink shirt to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The shirts signal to those being bullied that they are supported, and stands up in a non-confrontational way against bullies.
Sadly, many children will experience various forms of bullying which has a huge impact on their mental health, self esteem and confidence. The sooner parents and schools address the behaviour and causes of why children bully, the less other children have to suffer at their hands.
"What should I do, what can I say, to make this bully go away?
Talked to my big brother, he says, I should stand up and fight,
But I know that two wrongs don’t make a right."
Taken from Poetry book: Why Shouldn’t I Cry – How Long