Canadian Kids Stand Up To Bullies

This is just inspiring. From Freckles Cassie at YOUTHinkLeft:

It’s very hard to stand up to a bully on your own. Bullies can be very intimidating, which is why bullying works until someone stops the bully. This is a wonderful account of how some high school kids in Canada reacted to a bully in their school, and how they worked as a group to show that the bully’s opinion was meaningless.

‘I’ve stood around too long’
Central Kings students wear pink to send bullies a message
By IAN FAIRCLOUGH Valley Bureau | 3:51 PM

CAMBRIDGE — Two students at Central Kings Rural High School fought back against bullying recently, unleashing a sea of pink after a new student was harassed and threatened when he showed up wearing a pink shirt.

One student is bullied for wearing pink. So two other students got others to wear pink, and even brought in pink tank-tops to share.

The two friends said they didn’t take the action looking for publicity, but rather to show leadership in combating what they say is frequent bullying in schools.

Using social pressure the way they did was a very smart move:

Travis said the bullies “keep giving us dirty looks, but we know we have the support of the whole student body.

When the bullied student put on his pink shirt Friday and saw all the other pink in the lobby, “he was all smiles. It was like a big weight had been lifted off is shoulder,” David said.

We can learn a lot from this. They lifted up the bullied student, put the burden on the bullies, and united much of the school behind them. Showing leadership indeed.

Its also a great example of physical rhetoric. It showed the bullies that their criticism was ineffective:

“The bullies got angry,” said Travis. “One guy was throwing chairs (in the cafeteria). We’re glad we got the response we wanted.”

David said one of the bullies angrily asked him whether he knew pink on a male was a symbol of homosexuality.

He told the bully that didn’t matter to him and shouldn’t to anyone.

That symbol was now in their face, with opposition out in numbers, and the message of unity was clear.

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4 Responses

  1. That is one feel good story. Mind you I hate pink, but thats no reason to bully anyone, in fact, there is no reason, at any time to bully anyone, only cowards are bullies, as the student in the cafeteria showed, he could not take on all the kids so he let out his frustration on a few chairs.

  2. Love the story. I just wrote on my blog about dealing w/ bullies and how there is strength in numbers and how confidence plays a big roll. Thanks for sharing this!!!! It’s great to see how others played a role in dealing with this situation.

  3. Rafael,
    Yeah, although I think not taking on a large number of students is more practicality than anything else.

    realworldmartha,
    Do you have a link to your blog? I’d like to read that post.

  4. those two guys go to my school.
    i was actually only looking for a poem called “The bully” because i wanted to read it over since a girl in my english class had read it. so when i went to search something else on Google images i didn’t erase what i had in the space and this story popped up. i was amazed that it would be on Google, who would’ve known that this story was so popular.

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