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Bullies Confronted by Pink Power

Posted by shadmia on September 15, 2007

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On the first day of school, David Shepherd and Travis Price, two seniors at Central Kings Rural High School witnessed a 9th grader getting bullied by a group of students for wearing a pink polo-style shirt. The next day the same bullies threatened to beat up the youth. On the third day of school, at the urging of David and Travis, the student body went to bat for the new kid.

“I bought 50 pink T-shirts,” said Grade 12 student David Shepherd. “We’re making a statement.”

He was joined by classmates Travis Price, Chris Spencer, Nick Sullivan and John Kenneally.

“We went to the store before it even opened this morning to get more,” Price said. “The girls let us in early and were very nice.”

Shepherd said, once the staff at the Cambridge Discount Centre heard what they were up to, “clothes were flying. They were digging to help us find pink shirts.”

The boys took the pink shirts to school and set up in the lobby, handing them out to other students and according to Shepherd “people would just grab them”. They also brought a pink basketball to school as well as pink material for headbands and arm bands. David and Travis figure about half the school’s 830 students wore pink, even the student who was bullied had one on.

“It’s our last year and we want to make a difference. At a young age, you don’t know the difference between playful teasing and bullying. Doing it over the colour pink is just so stupid.”

Central Kings principal Stephen Pearl said the students approached him with their idea for a pink wave of support, and he gave them some guidelines and the go-ahead. “It doesn’t surprise me at all they’d want to do this – we have some great kids.”

The only ones not happy about the show of support were, of course, the bullies. 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. Travis said the bullies “keep giving us dirty looks, but we know we have the support of the whole student body. “Kids don’t need this in their lives, worrying about what to wear to school. That should be the last thing on their minds.”

Travis said that growing up, he was often picked on for wearing store-brand clothes instead of designer duds. 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.

As far as disciplining those behind the bullying, Pearl said the incident is under investigation. “We know who all the people are, and it will be dealt with with appropriate corrective behaviour.” While the lead bully didn’t show up for school that day, Pearl said he’ll get the message from his peers his actions aren’t acceptable at Central Kings. “Student-driven attention goes a lot further, and he’ll hear about what happened today.”


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8 Responses to “Bullies Confronted by Pink Power”

  1. James said

    ok so First Of All i was one of the so called “bullies” that “harrassed” Charles. And it wasnt because he wore a pink shirt it was because he called one of the other, so called “bullies” a faggit and kept giving him dirty looks. The reason being that it was because he wore a pink shirt was just because of rumours, one person assumes something and tells two friends then each of them tells two friends and so on and so fourth.

    anyways im done for now e-mail me with comments or questions

  2. shadmia said

    James, If you are really one of the “bullies” why not tell us your story. I would gladly give you space here on my blog to explain what really happened. Let me know if you are interested and I will tell you how to contact me personally.


  3. michael sherman said

    ok first of all james… i dont knwo you but you probably know me , i played lots of sports and i graduated last year. and i also live about 10 feet from travis’s house … i dont care what he called you, even though i find it hard to belive that a 9th grader, who, by my experiences, would be scared to death of a brand new school, would call someone else names. his dads a teacher there for god sakes im sure he didnt want to get in trouble the first week… anyways liek i said, i dont care who started it , hes a 9th grader and how many people did you guys have…. one brand new student and 6- 8 was it? of you guys tell him hes going to get his ass kicked… real nice… god you guys are cowards, and travis price and dj sheppard are heros, alogn with the other guys who followd the kid around to make sure you cowards wouldnt try somethign to him when he was all alone..

    anyways you knwo who i am, im pritty sure no one is scared of you , im comming home for thanks giving if you want to talk or bring a bunch of your friends cause your too scared to do it your self then by all means ill come alone… but untill that day, shut up cause there is nothign you can say to save yourself

  4. craig said

    Congrats to people who stand up for the little guy. I was a little guy for my entire school years and I should have gone to University after, but I didn’t feel I was worthy…

    For people who stand up, tip of the hat. (I wished you were in my school when I was going)


  5. shyla said

    my name is shyla and i am 12 years old. i have been bullied for my entire life. i do not blame the people giving it out but remember it hurts us to

  6. […] Over the years it seems that boys have reclaimed this colour, especially when it comes to polo shirts with collars flipped up. It’s almost like it’s PROOF of masculinity to be able to wear pink in public. […]

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  8. Ura said

    michael sherman, please. Type properly.

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