Bullying is a problem found worldwide and students in Regina were shown how they can help find a solution.
Travis Price is the co-founder of Pink Shirt Day, a day where people wear pink shirts to help bring awareness to the bullying.
The day started in 2007, when Price and his friend saw a grade nine student getting bullied at their high school simply for wearing a pink shirt. He and his friend spread the word about the incident around their school and the next day them, and many other students, showed up in pink shirts.
“Since that day in 2007, it’s grown into a worldwide movement that is a day to not only stand up to bullying and those that are affected by it but a chance to talk about what we see in schools,” Price said.
Price shared his story in front of around 100 students from around the province Thursday and wanted to show them the many ways they can address the problem.
“I know what it’s like to be in these kids’ shoes. I know the emotions, the fear, the loneliness that these kids are going through.”
Maya Rivera is a grade nine student at Winston Knoll Collegiate in Regina and will be looking to bring what she learned back to the school.
“To be able to help other people and be able to connect to them more and understand their issues,” Rivera said.
“Even though teasing is playful and it’s like ‘oh we were just teasing each other’ that can actually really hurt people and it can seriously affect them,” said Nathan Dyer, a grade seven student at Judge Bryant.
Pink Shirt Day takes place on Feb. 22, 2017.