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Article posted Sep 15 2007, 6:12 PM Category: Resistance Source: The Chronicle Herald Print

‘I’ve stood around too long’

Central Kings students wear pink to send bullies a message

Central Kings Rural High School students David Shepherd and Travis Price

CAMBRIDGE — Two students at Central Kings Rural High School fought back against bullying recently, unleashing a sea of pink after a new student was harassed and threatened when he showed up wearing a pink shirt.

The Grade 9 student arrived for the first day of school last Wednesday and was set upon by a group of six to 10 older students who mocked him, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up.

The next day, Grade 12 students David Shepherd and Travis Price decided something had to be done about bullying.

"It’s my last year. I’ve stood around too long and I wanted to do something," said David.

They used the Internet to encourage people to wear pink and bought 75 pink tank tops for male students to wear. They handed out the shirts in the lobby before class last Friday — even the bullied student had one.

"I made sure there was a shirt for him," David said.

They also brought a pink basketball to school as well as pink material for headbands and arm bands. David and Travis figure about half the school’s 830 students wore pink.

It was hard to miss the mass of students in pink milling about in the lobby, especially for the group that had harassed the new Grade 9 student.

"The bullies got angry," said Travis. "One guy was throwing chairs (in the cafeteria). We’re glad we got the response we wanted."

David said one of the bullies angrily asked him whether he knew pink on a male was a symbol of homosexuality.

He told the bully that didn’t matter to him and shouldn’t to anyone.

"Something like the colour of your shirt or pants, that’s ridiculous," he said.

"Our intention was to stand up for this kid so he doesn’t get picked on."

Travis said the bullies "keep giving us dirty looks, but we know we have the support of the whole student body.

"Kids don’t need this in their lives, worrying about what to wear to school. That should be the last thing on their minds."

When the bullied student put on his pink shirt Friday and saw all the other pink in the lobby, "he was all smiles. It was like a big weight had been lifted off is shoulder," David said. No one at the school would reveal the student’s name.

Travis said that growing up, he was often picked on for wearing store-brand clothes instead of designer duds.

The two friends said they didn’t take the action looking for publicity, but rather to show leadership in combating what they say is frequent bullying in schools.

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Posted: Jan 24 2009, 3:02 PM

9621 That makes me want to do something.

Posted: Feb 15 2009, 10:25 PM

72155 i dunno. i mean, yeah, they had good intentions..but what did they really do?
the belligerents just thought that the participants looked gay, too. clothing is quite a vanity, and if these "bullies" were too ignorant to understand that, then they might've needed to educate them. the bullies didn't learn anything, now they just feel like they're right and the whole student body is wrong.

Posted: May 06 2009, 12:20 PM

7675 Nice to see old stereo-types being trampled on! Good Show! Next, even the home-gardener might get a break instead of a laugh from the so called "In-Crowd". We need to radically adjust the state of the American psyche - A paradigm shift towards reality is needed. The old 1930's images have no grounds for existence in the 21st Century! Informed, educated and computer savvy folk are tiring of the old standards and they are being challenged, one right after another! How about taking a swipe at the "Barbie-Girl" bull crap foisted on women? Before you put skinny legs and big phony boobs on the all-American girl, and before you make her live up to the promiscuous Hollywood reputation the world believes, why don't you educate her, give her universal medical care for her children, good strong workers for husbands, and jobs for all, in a world of Zero running cost, Zero upkeep, garden attached, self -sufficient survival oriented, easily purchased homes? Why can't we have a decent, planned, well thought-out lifestyle in America? Why are we so susceptible to McMansions, SUV's and poor quality food? Are we vitims of Vulture Capitalism? What limiting laws can we enact to change the picture, so that Capitalism, the greatest force in the world today, is directed for the benefit of the common good, and not just a few Uber-rich exploiters? Obama knows the answers, we must ask the questions! Get rid of the lobbiests - they are a treasonous lot, and need to stretch hemp! Yes We Can! You boys in pink prove it! Good Show!

Posted: May 06 2009, 4:49 PM

69236 good men! we need more of this in schools these days

Posted: May 06 2009, 8:02 PM

99135 A freshman wearing pink gets picked on on the first day of school.

Of course he was bullied


Posted: May 07 2009, 10:41 PM

69235 Those two little faggots really impressed me. Good job Ladies.

Posted: May 08 2009, 1:35 AM

75179 kudos

Posted: May 08 2009, 6:06 PM

"what a bunch of fags?' Why don't YOU grow up. Your comment was ignorant and doesn't belong on a site like this.

Posted: May 10 2009, 12:36 PM

8642 So what?

This stories just boring. Whip de fuckin' do.

Posted: May 10 2009, 3:41 PM

7610 Who cares?!

Posted: May 11 2009, 1:01 AM

6596 These kids are fantastic.

Posted: May 12 2009, 12:44 PM

68114 AMAZING!!!!

Posted: May 13 2009, 12:47 AM

2468 Can I get you guys to all start smoking? I'm badly bullied here cannot smoke up anywhere any more. Been years without the basic dignified act of sitting at a table with an ashtray like my aunty used to do. A mass smoke up would get the message across to the clean air nazis real quick. Thanks for your support. I can't afford much but can share a few pairs of socks for those with cold feet.
Paul O

Posted: May 13 2009, 5:30 PM

6967 Pretty cool guys, people need to grow up and stop sterotyping!

Posted: May 14 2009, 10:17 PM

124184 Well done boys!

Posted: May 16 2009, 4:06 PM

71242 gentlemen i would just like to say good job i wish there were more people like the two of you live free
Spread the Love

Posted: May 16 2009, 5:56 PM


Those bullies are probably homophobes because they're all in the closet. With each other. Making out.


Posted: May 16 2009, 11:38 PM

7271 These boys are amazing. This story just made my night. Thank God for real men like them!

Posted: May 20 2009, 12:09 PM

207198 how ridiculous of those bullies! Pink has only been a color for women in western society since the 40's, before that it was masculine! Putting so much stock on a person based on the color of their clothes is ignorant.

Posted: May 20 2009, 10:01 PM

74129 I hope these guys read this article. They're amazing. They are truly role models and inspirations for their peers. What a wonderful example of responsibility, maturity and fairness!
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