Schools, Sheriffs, and Mounties wear pink to support anti-bullying
2021-02-24 07:24 PST
It’s easier to stand up to bullying when you know you’re not alone -- it’s pretty easy to see who’s standing with you on Pink Shirt Day.
Click to view larger image: Students, school board staff, Kamloops RCMP, and Sheriffs representatives stand together on the steps of South Kamloops Secondary School to show their support for stopping bullying in the community.
On February 24, numerous Kamloops students, school staff, sheriffs, and police officers will add a splash of pink to their wardrobe to show the community where they stand against stopping bullying.
Pink Shirt Day is a reminder of what the District strives for every day, which is having programs and services that encourage healthy self-esteem and relationships, a positive sense of belonging, as well as teaching kindness, compassion and empathy, said Vessy Mochikas, Director of Instruction, Kamloops-Thompson School District.
The District appreciates this partnership we have with the RCMP and Sheriff Service and the leadership they're providing to create safe, responsive environments that help address bullying, she added.
Throughout the school year, local law enforcement partners work with students to help encourage them to make safe and positive choices when faced with peer conflict.
Bullying is unwelcome regardless of the form it may come in such as aggressive behaviour or exclusion, said Corporal Dana Napier of the Kamloops RCMP Crime Prevention Unit.
It can occur in person or online, in school or out in the community. Effects can be harmful to all and have negative long-term effects.
Pink Shirt Day serves as a good reminder to parents, adults, caregivers, and school and community leaders to talk about bullying, its impacts, and what part we all can play to prevent it from continuing.
Cst. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Officer
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