Anti-Bullying Day

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Anti-Bullying Day
Date various dates, including the last Wednesday of the month February or the second Thursday in September
Frequency annual

Anti-Bullying Day (a.k.a. Pink Shirt Day) is a day celebrated on various dates across the world, originating in Canada and most commonly known in North America. It takes place on the last Wednesday of February or the second Thursday in September. It originally started as a protest against a bullying incident at Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia when a grade nine student, Charles McNeill, arrived to school wearing a pink shirt. On this day, many of those who participate wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying.


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 male ninth grade student Charles McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.[1] In Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald proclaimed the second Thursday of September "Stand Up Against Bullying Day" in recognition of these events.[2]

In 2008, the then Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell proclaimed February 27 to be the provincial anti-bullying day.[3] It was then celebrated on February 25 in 2009. In 2009, Boys and Girls Clubs worked on pink T-shirts that say "Bullying Stops Here." and "Pink Shirt Day" for Anti-Bullying Day.[4]


Anti-Bullying Day activities that can be held at schools, work places, or anywhere acceptable include: "abolishing bullying" rallies, information and networking booths to help the community in understanding how bad bullying can be, and what organizations are out there, such as Tune it Out.[5]

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  1. ^ "Bullied student tickled pink by schoolmates' T-shirt campaign". CBC News. September 19, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Stand Up Against Bullying Day Proclaimed". Province of Nova Scotia. 2007. 
  3. ^ Fowlie, Jonathan (2008). "Wear pink to fight bullying, minister says". Vancouver Sun. 
  4. ^ "Province Declares Anti-Bullying Day". 2009-02-23. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Tune It Out - Matt's Wiki". 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 

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