In 2007, two students initiated a campaign with the name of Pink Shirt Day in a high school in Canada to show support to a boy who was excluded for wearing a pink T-shirt. Since then, the anti-school bully campaign has spread from one school to an entire province in Canada, the United States, and even the whole world.
So far, some 100 countries have taken part in related public activities of the Pink Shirt Day, which has been stressing the mission reading, “Kindness is One Size Fits All.”
Anti-school bully is part of the world’s culture and deserves attention of people across the world.
As an international school, Kaiwen Academy in Haidian district advocates cultural diversity. Among a wide range of colorful global celebrations, Kaiwen launched a large-scale event for public wellbeing with the name of Pink Shirt Day.
A “pink storm” swept the campus. Students and teachers all wore pink T-shirts symbolizing kindness and harmony. With the slogan of “be smart, do not start,” the shirts represent a way to express the attitude of students and teachers in Kaiwen toward zero tolerance to school bully, and commitment to maintaining school safety and kindness.
At 8:10, Scott Reid, director of the secondary education department, delivered a speech and unveiled the event. In the interaction session, students competed in answering questions regarding bully and had a more in-depth understanding on school bully.
During her speech, psychological counselor Lily Li popularized the definition of school bullying, and the types of school bullying to students. She stressed the diversity of the world, and the uniqueness of each individual. By calling for people to respect and understand other’s uniqueness, and establish harmonious interpersonal relationships, she received widespread recognition from students and teachers present. On the same day, students came to the gym and signed their names to show support to this campaign at the school.
Before the campaign, students had learned about how various countries across the world prevent school bullying via related classes. For example, Norway, one of the countries launching campaign against school bullying, initiated a zero-tolerance plan against school bullying in 2002, which is widely acknowledged as one of the successful plan in the world.
We show zero tolerance to school bullying!
By participating in this campaign, students of Kaiwen become firmer in their stance against school bullying. It was widely recognized among the students that every person is unique, and that people should respect others and protect themselves. “We all need the courage to safeguard justice.”
No matter where we are, rational analysis and objective attitude can help us solve problems. Kaiwen Academy in Haidian district is devoted to fostering students a mentality of breaking new grounds and accepting ideas from different perspectives. Students are expected to seek rationality from biased information, sort out problems and make insightful thinking. They are also expected to find an objective perspective in stereotyped words and images, and see problems free from influences of others and the public.