Preparations underway for February’s Pink Shirt Day

The next Pink Shirt Day (i.e. Anti-Bullying Day) will take place across Canada on February 27, 2013.

Vancouver-based band Childsplay just finished their 'Bullying Sucks' tour across western Canada.



The rallying behind February’s upcoming Pink Shirt Day – also known as “Anti-Bullying Day” – seems to gain fans and supporters every day.

You can add Vancouver-based band Childsplay to that list.

The young punk rock band just finished their “Bullying Sucks” tour, headlined by a song of the same name. They kicked off on September 24 in Grand Forks, and then made their way through B.C. and the Prairies.

Childsplay ended their tour in Princeton on October 6.

“Music is an escape from bullying, playing an album won’t yell at you for being the way you are, it will make you feel better about it,” said bassist William Hooley, after Childsplay’s concert in Castlegar on September 26.

“Society pumps kids full of fear regardless. The last thing kids need to fear are their peers; they should stand strong beside them.”

At that concert, in Castelgar, Childsplay were welcomed by 100 students from Stanley Humphries Secondary School, where they played their show.

They were also joined by local acts such as Roy Has Fire, Leeza Perehudoff, Jessica Auger, and Katie Clemans-Gibbons.

Pink Shirt Day and B.C.’s various anti-bullying groups have been very active this week with the passing of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide on Oct. 10, 2012.

Todd was the victim of both bullying and cyberbullying, much of it over Facebook. She released a video describing her struggles on YouTube, on Sept. 7, 2012.

Some people have continued targeting her, even after her passing.

“Facebook pages created to memorialize suicide victim Amanda Todd have fallen prey to Internet trolls and cyberbullies, who are openly mocking the 15-year-old girl for taking her own life after she was tormented by bullies,” reported the Tri-City News on Tuesday.

Todd grew up in Maple Ridge and lived with her mom in Port Coquitlam.

Childsplay said they themed their tour around bullying because they were victims of it in high school.

“It’s not a normal part of life,” said the band’s drummer, Levin Faber. “Bullying is a serious issue and not enough things are being done about it.”

The next Pink Shirt Day runs on February 27, 2013. Black Press and its newspapers will be supporting the initiative.

Last year, Premier Christy Clark led a Pink Shirt Day rally in Victoria (video below).

 

Just Posted

Four cheer teams heading to Florida

Mission’s Academy of Cheer Excellence will compete in the Summit World Championships in Orlando

Job market to remain tight in coming years: report

Conference Board of Canada predicts region’s unemployment rate to remain below five per cent

Trio of Mission lacrosse talents sign with U.S. schools

Abbott, Adams and Bramley continuing lacrosse journey in NCAA

Sister of teen gunned down in 2014 aims to keep kids out of gangs

Jessica Sherman volunteers for KidsPlay Foundation in Abbotsford

Mission students, teachers help to create art work

Heritage Park Middle School unveiled A River of Belonging

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Woman, 60, charged in connection to thefts at YVR

RCMP believe the foreign national is part of a larger organized theft group

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Worst 10 bus routes in Metro Vancouver for rider complaints

TransLink releases list, with Route 319 at the top

Mayors, First Nations chiefs, urge ‘immediate action’ on new Massey crossing

Joint letter asks province to move up timeline, consider only eight-lane tunnel options

Bus driver assault in Vancouver once again raises safety concerns

A 49-year-old Surrey man was released on a promise to appear in court. No charge has been laid

Most Read