International Stand Up to Bullying Day

International Stand Up to Bullying Day

Daphne Agredano

When someone targets another person with repeated, unpleasant comments or acts, they are engaging in bullying. Those who are targeted suffer both physical and mental harm and they find it difficult to halt what is occurring to them. Bullying is frequently defined by children or students as “someone who makes you feel less about who you are as a human being.” Those who are bullying others utilize their position of strength or have access to embarrassing information to manipulate or hurt their victims. Making threats, spreading rumors, physically or verbally assaulting someone, are all examples of bullying behavior.

History of International Stand Up to Bullying Day:

Two 12th grade students from Nova Scotia created International Stand Up to Bullying Day through their deeds. There was a time when a student was teased for wearing a pink shirt. Travis Price and David Shepherd stood up for their fellow classmate. They went to a store and bought multiple pink shirts, then sent out an email to other students urging them to wear the pink shirts the next day to support the tormented student. A vast majority of students  showed up to class wearing the shirts. Their creative and compassionate action caught the attention of people across the world. The semi-annual event known as International Stand Up to Bullying Day is held both in February and November. It is a day to publicly express opposition to bullying. Participants in the day sign petitions and wear pink shirts to show that those who wear the color are against bullying and show support for the victims.

Types of Bullying:

  • Teasing
  • Name calling
  • Inappropriate comments
  • Threatening to cause harm
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Being physical with someone
  • Taking or breaking someone’s stuff

There are many ways for people to stand up for those who are being bullied and against those who are doing the bullying. You can speak with a parent, a teacher, or any trusted adult. Adults must be aware of awful things happening so they can offer assistance. Keeping quiet could make things worse for everyone. The bully will end up believing it is okay for them to continue mistreating others.

It’s such a meaningful subject that the Gordon Central award winning literary team is performing two pieces involved about this topic.