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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: Jul 17 2009, 3:25 AM

6860 idiots, wasted to much time and money on this, they should have just stood up to the kids making fun of the gay kid and beat the shit out of them
Matisse from Seattle, WA

Posted: Jul 17 2009, 4:41 PM

66194 If only there were good people like this everywhere. There are so many people living in fear. Thanks, you guys. : )

Posted: Jul 25 2009, 8:11 PM

9816 that was great!! when ever that happens at my school I am going to try and do this.

Posted: Jul 31 2009, 3:07 PM

68254 I'm glad THESE kids are our future leaders, and not the ignorant bullies. Rock on!

Posted: Aug 23 2009, 3:45 PM

17348 What great kids. :) The world needs more people like them.

Posted: Aug 24 2009, 3:38 PM

9918 wow. high school is serious business.

Posted: Aug 28 2009, 12:47 AM

7528 what half the school is full of homosexuals .. WOW

Posted: Aug 31 2009, 2:27 PM

71193 This is fantastic. I think its really important to stand up for kids who are different. Also, it would be great if homosexuality could finally be accepted.

Posted: Aug 31 2009, 2:32 PM

122105 So proud of these kids. Good on 'em.

Posted: Sep 01 2009, 1:43 AM

6911 !hat is absolutly heroic!! You boys did the right thing! That is soooo sweet :) There needs to be more guys like you!
Petey in RI

Posted: Sep 01 2009, 1:37 PM

131109 Bravo: get out there and change the world guys.

Posted: Sep 03 2009, 6:36 PM

7665 Good job guys. That's a great story of how people can be the change that they want to see in the world (Ghandi).

Posted: Sep 05 2009, 9:40 PM

75169 you guys rock! I wish more kids like that were in all the schools I am a sub at schools and am very proud of what you did

Posted: Sep 08 2009, 2:11 PM

2411 I know this article was from a while ago, but I had to comment. As someone who was bullied in middle school, I will never forget the boy who bullied me or what he said. These 2 boys have allowed this 9th grader to have a better memory come from his bullying.

Posted: Sep 09 2009, 11:30 AM

8244 WELL DONE!!!!
Dr. Brooks

Posted: Sep 10 2009, 6:41 PM

97118 YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!
cousin of travis.

Posted: Sep 16 2009, 5:17 PM

24140 i was stumbling a realized that the kid in the pic is my cousin. he never told me that he did such a thing. is crazy. good for him.

Posted: Sep 20 2009, 3:28 AM

76167 Cool info

Posted: Sep 20 2009, 3:31 AM

124185 Great to see kids sticking up for something and getting involved, instead of letting a few boofheads demoralise another human being.
You both have great futures ahead of you when you leave school.
Susan Tabak-Proto

Posted: Sep 20 2009, 3:23 PM

7623 You guys are the epitome of a wonderful saying: "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone." Happily, 400 of your fellow students stood along side with you. Bravo, gentlemen. May your story be told ten fold and may all learn from it!
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