On anti-bullying day
five students are in the office
for having a fist fight
in their pink shirts.
I have a love/hate relationship with Anti-bullying Day. First, because anything that’s ‘anti-‘ or ‘not’ the brain skips the adverb, and latches onto the verb- so they’ll see ‘bullying day’ as revealed in this poem. I’d much rather the day promoted positive action than decrying negative action. Say what you want to see. Put those words out there: Be kind day! Smile at a new kid day! Bite your tongue before you speak day! etc.
Further to this, you might enjoy last year’s Pink shirt poem, which features Shane Koyzcan’s infamous “To This Day” poem/ youtube video
Pink can stink?
or at least be completely irrelevant.
Oh, I’m covering my 4-year old daughter’s ears. LOL
Pink is fine for lovely 4 year old girls, and fine for boys to wear if they are stylish and secure in their identity. I’m not sure if you know the origins of our anti-bullying pink shirt day- http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/bullied-student-tickled-pink-by-schoolmates-t-shirt-campaign-1.682221 In this case, it was a kind act that sent a message. Now that it’s a nation-wide campaign, I think the message is lost.
Oh, I must live in a cave, I had not heard. What I miss by not watching TV. What an awesome story! I wish more people would speak out against bullies. I hear what you are saying, not everyone who jumps on the bandwagon knows why they do. Or cares.
Likely if your daughter was in kindergarten she’d have heard. Most of the schools (in Canada at least) make a big deal of it, and all the students show up in pink shirts to show their support for anti-bullying. Hence the irony in today’s poem! 😉
My older boys have said nothing, and I have not heard requests for pink polos, but I will ask.
Feb 24th was the official day. There’s another related day in April.
Both my boys read the article, and they think it was cool, but hadn’t heard of it here in US. More’s the pity.
Well you know, we Canadians are just generally amazing. 😉
*sigh* Sounds about right.
Oh the irony in the cause.
Ha – I read ‘pink shorts’ at first reading… Bullying isn’t funny tho… They do deserve to be dressed in pink as a punishment.
lol That would be very ironic, since pink shirts are a sign of solidarity against bullies and a scathing condemnation of homophobia.
You might like this if you haven’t seen it.