As leaders you need to be the first to speak up and demonstrate to bystanders (students) that speaking up is the right thing to do. On the other hand bullies will try to make you feel like you are snitching or ratting but remember what we talked about…ratting is getting someone into trouble and telling is getting someone out of trouble. Therefore by having special days dedicated to a special theme will educate bystanders on knowing that they’re doing the right thing by speaking up.
Have a shirt day…
Wear your school colors on a certain day.
Post or announce one week before that shirt day is approaching.
On the day make sure you have a sign up form at a table in the hallway to allow students to sign a form that they will speak up when they witness bullying and or on the sheet have a section they sign that they understand the difference between ratting/ snitching or telling an adult to get someone out of trouble. Or gather in the gym for a full school assembly to discuss why shirt day is important to all.
About Pink shirt day: Pink shirts inspire anti-bullying day
The pink wave has hit Nova Scotia’s Province House, inspiring the government to earmark one day every year for students to send an anti-bullying message. The second Thursday of the school year is now known as Stand Up Against Bullying Day.
To mark the day, Premier Rodney MacDonald is asking students at every level to wear pink. MacDonald said he was impressed by the actions of two Annapolis Valley students who rallied around a younger student after he was bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt.
“I’ve seen circumstances as a teacher where students can make a difference, and this is one of those times when students have made a difference,” said MacDonald, a former gym teacher.
The Grade 12 students at Central Kings Rural High School have become celebrities, inspiring students around Nova Scotia to wear pink to show that bullying will not be tolerated.
Shepherd and Price came up with the idea after hearing that a Grade 9 student was harassed, threatened and called a homosexual for wearing pink on the first day of school.
They bought 50 pink shirts from a discount store, then e-mailed classmates to get them on board. The next day, hundreds of students showed up wearing pink clothing.
Article from CBC