David Shepherd and Travis Price
Nova Scotia, Canada
When David Shepherd and Travis Price were twelfth graders at Central Kings Rural High School they saw a ninth grade boy crying after spending his first day at school being teased for wearing a pink polo shirt. The people teasing him were twelfth graders as well. They’d called him gay and other names related to homosexuality.
Shepherd and Price decided they didn’t want their school to be like that and planned to unleash a sea of pink the following day. Using the internet and their phones, they organized the student body to all wear pink to school. They purchased dozens of pink shirts and handed them out at the front door, while many others wore their own pink clothing. The bullies were angered by this show of solidarity, but the boy who had been bullied had a thankful smile on his face when he picked up his shirt.
Pink Shirt Day is now celebrated on the last Wednesday of February every year. The story has made its way around the world and has been implemented in hundreds of schools. These two young men stood up to something they saw as wrong and changed their school forever.