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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: May 23 2009, 2:48 PM

91111 :) it makes me smile that there are still young people who aren't to stupid to realise whats right and wrong in this world and to stand up for it.

Posted: May 23 2009, 9:35 PM

98150 BRAVO. Excellent way to respond. Keep a door open for the bullies to have a change of heart, someday they probably will. With luck, without living 70 years of further self doubt, hate, and phobia.
Chuck T.

Posted: May 24 2009, 5:32 PM

70113 How droll that a BellSouth customer has to go out of his way to prove that he is homophobic and can't get past his own stupid issues.

These kids are true examples of activists against bullies. Let the bullies wallow in their own stupidity. Hooray for being true Americans and not allowing the bullies to win.


Posted: May 31 2009, 6:21 PM

8689 Nice one guys, love that one bully was throwing chairs too.

To the world: MORE OF THIS PLEASE!!!
Anonymous American Guy

Posted: Jun 04 2009, 11:51 PM

7679 You guys rule! I'd like to give both of you a big hug. You did the right thing. Be proud.

Posted: Jun 06 2009, 8:53 PM


Posted: Jun 17 2009, 5:59 AM

66214 wow if our schools hadn't gotten soft enough. When I moved to a new town and went into new school I was so nervous on the plane I took a highlighter i had in my backpack and marked my white nikes orange. When I got to school I was shy and nervous and to make matters worse people were making fun of my shoes. I used that experience to grow stronger and became more confident as a result. If children would stop being coddled we would have a better system. If a students attitude was "deal with it" rather than "lets see what i can do to change this" then there would be less school violence

Posted: Jun 23 2009, 4:33 AM

165228 U guys are hot and smart stand up for what u believe in cas its right.... i wear pink for you(i don't like pink but i would wear it for you) i have a gay friend and he is afraid to tell people and his family has no idea because he was afraid of being bullied!! U GUYS ROCK!!!!

Posted: Jul 06 2009, 7:37 PM

71205 LOVE IT.

I heard about this I think a few years ago at my youth group, and I thought it was the best community thing anyone could ever do.

Posted: Jul 08 2009, 4:15 AM


Posted: Jul 08 2009, 7:41 PM

6859 what a bunch of homo douche bags.... to everyone commenting positively on this bullshit event... go to hell, and to Travis and David... your parents dont love you, get over it

Posted: Jul 09 2009, 3:51 PM


Posted: Jul 09 2009, 9:14 PM

7571 you guys are awesome.
Charlie Newey

Posted: Jul 11 2009, 1:36 PM

217155 I just read this, seriously, well done guys. It's nice to see some compassion in a world where nobody has the time for it. Thank you all so much. :)

Posted: Jul 12 2009, 7:18 AM

86155 That's awesome :D

Posted: Jul 12 2009, 8:47 PM

2419 This warms my heart that high school students are brave enough to stand up for what is right. People should have the right to wear whatever they please without worry, and know that they are not portraying any stereotype, whether it is true or not.
Aimee in Oregon

Posted: Jul 13 2009, 4:54 PM

97125 THANK YOU!!!! You boys shoul be extremely proud of yourselves for doing what is right. Too many kids have to worry about bullies today and knowing that there are people out there standing up for them is inspiring. Keep it up!!!

Posted: Jul 16 2009, 10:53 AM

72224 i'm amazed. this is one of the best stories i've read in a while. and it's not just the parents who think so. I'm 24, and this is such a great thing you've done. most people don't think high school kids have that kind of moral edge because they're too young to understand how life works yet, that they just mill about waiting to get into college and avoid tough situations.

well this is something to be proud of. sometimes it just takes a couple of people to stand up to something. that's not an easy thing to do, but you guys did it. thank you. i hope those bullies feel like real douche bags now.

Posted: Jul 16 2009, 11:47 AM

8646 Cool story bro :)

Posted: Jul 16 2009, 11:07 PM

12145 People condemn in others what they fear in themselves.

If only people like David and Travis were around when I went to school.
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