International Pink Shirt Day

Published 02/26 2014 06:47PM

Updated 02/26 2014 08:15PM

NEOSHO, MO.--- Neosho students and faculty all wore pink today, but the cause may not be what you think, it wasn't for breast cancer awareness. Central Elementary School in Neosho celebrated International Pink Shirt Day by wearing pink shirts.

"Well, they are trying to prevent bullying," said Ava Sims, Third Grader. 

"It's basically a reminder that all of us can stand up to bullying and if we see it, we can do something about it," said Tracy Clements, Central Elementary School Counselor. 

February 26th is designated as a day where students and faculty help spread awareness, letting others know bullying is not tolerated. 

"Started with a high school in Canada. A boy was bullied on his first day of school. The next day, the football team all came to school wearing pink t-shirts and went to the bully and said 'what are you going to do now," said Clements. 

The Central Elementary School principal says they try their best keep bullying out of their school. 

"You know, I don't say prevent it because in a perfect world, I would love to prevent it, but we give the kids the tools to handle it. Whether it's standing up against a bully or helping that bully learn that this isn't cool. You know, you need to learn to handle yourself in a different way," said Dottie Smith, Central Elementary Principal. 

Third Grader Ava Sims says she has learned a lot by wearing pink. 

"You stand up for them and stand up for yourself. You try to help the person who is being bullied," said Sims. 

The school staff says they hope the students understand what bullying is and what to do if they see it or it happens to them. In all, 325 pink t-shirts were on display today, worn by both students and staff. 

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