Bryant Middle School Hosts Pink Shirt Day Against Bullying
More than 600 students at the Dearborn school participated in the third annual stand against bullying Wednesday morning.
The front lawn of Bryant Middle School was a sea of pink Wednesday morning when more than 600 of the school's students and staff took part in Pink Shirt Day.
Started in Nova Scotia, Bryant Principal Shannon Peterson heard of the idea several years ago and suggested to school counselors Mrs. Mark and Mr. Renko that they bring it to Bryant.
Now in its third year at the school, support has grown for the public showing that it's OK to be different–and that no kid deserves to be bullied for who they are, or what they wear.
"We have a lot more students wearing pink today (than previous years)," Assistant Principal Kelly Dear commented to students.
"We need to be aware of and we need to stop some of the bullying situations in our lives," he continued. "Even though you might be uncomfortable, you are willing to stand up to bullying."
Though Pink Shirt Day at Bryant already existed, school social worker Mrs. Mark explained that with the Dearborn Public Schools' new anti-bullying program in place, the school has stepped up its efforts.
"It's very similar, but we're adding a lot more follow up," she said. "We're coming up with more ideas, using advisory time to talk about different ideas regarding bullying."
Bryant also held a poster contest last year, and is participating in the distict-wide contest currently under way. After that, students will have the chance to design Bryant's new anti-bullying flag.
As for parents, Mrs. Mark said they have been brought into the loop, too, to ensure that anti-bullying sentiments remain when the school day is done.
"We met with parents during open house," she said, adding that it also provided a way to see if any bullying issues already existed. "Let's deal with the small stuff, because when you ignore it, it has the potential to become something big."
DuVall Elementary Principal Daniel Hartley, who used to be an assistant principal at Bryant, will be hosting a similar Pink Shirt Day at his school on Oct. 12.