2 weeks ago
Friday, September 12, 2008
Where's the progress?
The 2nd Thursday of every school year in Nova Scotia has been proclaimed, "Stand up against bullying day". This is a response to a bullying incident on the first day of school last year. A new student at Central Kings Rural High School wore a pink polo shirt and was harrassed. 2 grade 12 boys went out and bought 50 pink shirts and passed them out to friends to wear the next day to show their support and to speak out against bullying. The idea caught on and yesterday all students were encouraged to wear pink shirts.
I just couldn't help but think of my high school years. I'm sure bullying was a part of life for some students, but not for wearing pink shirts. I was in high school during the height of the "preppy" look. The cool guys wore pink shirts... button down... Izod... cotton sweaters... pink belts. The list could go on and on and on.
Where is the progress? For all of the tolerance that is being preached, we sure seem to be an intolerant lot.