UCan Of Memphis Wears Pink for Anti-Bullying

The United States Department of Justice showed that one out of four kids will be bullied during their adolescence.[1] Most of the time it continues after the first incident; statistics show that 71 percent of students that are bullied, continue to be bullied, making it a problem with no end. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Many students are also victims of cyberbullying. According to the Yale School of Medicine, a study in 2010 discovered a connection between being bullied and suicide. The term to describe this is “bullycide” where someone who is bullied commits suicide as a result

In 2007, a male student wore a pink shirt to school on the first day. Two students (Travis Price and David Shepherd) saw he was bullied for no reason other than wearing a pink shirt. These students bought and distributed 50 pink shirts as well as encouraged other students to wear pink shirts the next day. This showed their support for the student and allowed them to take a stand against bullying.

This concept spread throughout the world and Anti-Bullying Day/Pink Day was instituted to prevent further bullying.

International STAND UP to Bullying Day, observed in February and November, is a semi-annual event in which participants sign a pledge and wear a pink shirt to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The color of the shirt is based on a campaign started by the two students who took a stand for a fellow student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

If you see someone getting bullied or harassed, help them out and show them that they are not alone in the world. Pink Day is a day to stand up against the injustice of harassment and bullying.

If you have ever been bullied, you know how important it can be to have someone stand up for you. On Pink Day, you can stand up for everyone with a simple wardrobe choice. Wear a pink shirt, tie, pants, dress or whichever garment you choose to show your support

Depending on the country you live in, Anti-Bullying Day is on the last Wednesday or Friday in February. International STAND UP to Bullying Day takes place in schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries across the globe on the last Friday of February, and then again on the third Friday of November to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week. You can show your support by wearing pink on one or both days.

[1] S.P. Limber, P. Cunningham, V. Florx, J. Ivey, M. Nation, S. Chai, and G. Melton, “Bullying among school children: Preliminary findings from a school-based intervention program,” paper presented at the Fifth International Family Violence Research Conference, Durham, NH, June/July 1997.