Principal Bob Chapman and Grade 6-7 teacher Jamie Stewart both came out for John A. Hutton Elementary’s celebration of Pink Shirt Day, Wednesday, Feb. 24. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

VIDEO: Grand Forks’ elementaries support Pink Shirt Day

The annual celebration of kindness puts paid to the idea that bullying was ever cool

Students and staff across Grand Forks schools made a strong show of support for Wednesday’s Pink Shirt Day (Feb. 24).

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The celebration of inclusion and kindness sees people of all ages rally against bullying by wearing pink shirts.

The website pinkshirtday.ca defines bullying as “a form of aggression where there is a power imbalance,” where the bully exploits power over the person being bullied. Bullying can hurt people where physical violence is involved, but the website notes that bullying can inflict lasting emotional and psychological trauma.

Kids at Hutton Elementary threw a small, COVID-safe parade, marching around the school in socially-distanced cohorts. Mrs. Zorn’s first-graders led the procession, with children holding up brightly coloured encouraging friendship.


 

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Hutton first-graders proudly display placards encouraging inclusion and kindness at Wednesday’s Pink Shirt Day parade. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Hutton first-graders proudly display placards encouraging inclusion and kindness at Wednesday’s Pink Shirt Day parade. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Hutton Secretary Sheryl McIver hugs granddaughter Georgia Campeau (Grade 2) in the school office. McIver is not wearing a mask because Georgia is in her COVID bubble. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Hutton Secretary Sheryl McIver hugs granddaughter Georgia Campeau (Grade 2) in the school office. McIver is not wearing a mask because Georgia is in her COVID bubble. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

First-graders Lilliana Tiessen (left) and Avery Orme wore their best pink shirts. Check out the puppy dog patch on little Avery’s pajama top. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

First-graders Lilliana Tiessen (left) and Avery Orme wore their best pink shirts. Check out the puppy dog patch on little Avery’s pajama top. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

From the left: Grade 7 teacher Keira Angus poses at Hutton’s gym with kids Paxton Zorn, Ty McKaig, Gage Kiselbach and Brett Friesen. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

From the left: Grade 7 teacher Keira Angus poses at Hutton’s gym with kids Paxton Zorn, Ty McKaig, Gage Kiselbach and Brett Friesen. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

From the left: Grade 1 teacher Sharon Peron poses for a Pink Shirt Day photo at Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary with education assistants Kayla Ferguson, Leanne Keys and Jaylee Ferguson. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Hutton Secretary Sheryl McIver poses with education assistant Susan Blair. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Hutton Secretary Sheryl McIver poses with education assistant Susan Blair. Photo: Laurie Tritschler