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Regina students' pink shirts bring attention to bullying

Event held in City Square
Reported by Adriana Christianson
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Students wearing bright pink shirts were bringing attention to the dark issue of bullying in downtown Regina.

Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day. A group of high school students took to Regina's City Square in a flash mob of pink. They were part of a larger event with the Red Cross speaking out against bullying.

Pink Shirt Day has been around for the last five years. It started in Nova Scotia when two high school students stood up for a boy bullied for wearing a pink shirt. They and many other fellow students wore pink shirts in support of him. The idea not only stuck, but it spread.

Local organizer Norm Jakubowski with RespectEd, which is a program of the Red Cross, says Pink Shirt Day is about engaging kids, parents and schools.

“Now it sometimes seems like you’re not getting the results you need. But we don’t quit, we don’t stop,” said Jakubowski, who helped organize a barbecue in Regina's City Square.

He says there is growing support for the anti-bullying movement and that support should be enough to make a difference.

“You know that old saying that, ‘If I tell, it’ll only get worse.’ Well, we want to remove that,” said Jakubowski.

“We’ve got enough people engaged in the conversation where we can turn the tide on this issue.”

He says it's all about bringing kids into the conversation and hopefully finding a solution.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Karen Brownlee.

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