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Saltus Grammar School holds demonstrations across its campuses in solidarity with the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day movement (Photograph supplied)

The Saltus Grammar School community stood against bullying by participating in its first Pink Shirt Day event.

Staff and pupils across the private school’s two campuses donned vibrant pink shirts to show their solidarity with efforts towards spreading empathy and ending harassment.

At the school’s Junior and Senior School campus on St John’s Road in Pembroke, 750 participants came together to form the world “belonging” on the campus field.

Meanwhile, 200 staff and youngsters at the Cavendish campus in Devonshire came together to form a heart on their field.

Both formations were photographed using drones.

Pink Shirt Day started at a school in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2007 as a demonstration against bullying.

Pupils David Shepherd and Travis Price handed out pink shirts to their classmates after seeing another pupil being bullied for wearing pink, showing solidarity with the youngster and taking a stand against harassment.

Saltus Grammar School holds demonstrations across its campuses in solidarity with the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day movement (Photograph supplied)

Today, the annual event is recognised in more than 180 countries and is viewed as a global movement.

Sienna Mnushkin, a diversity, equity and inclusion prefect at Saltus, said that community movements such as these were vital towards driving meaningful change.

She said: “We may not be perfect, but we must do our best and put our best efforts forward.

“We must be socially aware, brave, and supportive of the people who need it, and have the courage to speak up when we see people being unkind.

“We should celebrate our diversity and treat everyone with kindness and respect.”

Jordan Greene, another diversity, equity and inclusion prefect, echoed this statement, adding that creating a sense of belonging was “at the foundation of everything we do”.

She added: “I hope that this past week has taught everyone how important it is to elevate the voices of others and take a stand against bullying, ensuring that each of us feels a sense of belonging.”

Julie Rousseau, the head of the school, expressed deep pride in the school’s efforts to make Pink Shirt Day possible.

She said that the day could become an annual tradition at the school.

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Published February 29, 2024 at 3:18 pm (Updated March 01, 2024 at 6:51 pm)

Saltus participates in Pink Shirt Day

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