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.

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2 Responses to David Shepherd and Travis Price

  1. suzanne April 22, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    What a brilliant idea! I love the way young people hate to see injustice, and are often so imaginative in dealing with prejudice. When I was young many of us teachers wore pink badges to school saying “Don´t assume I´m heterosexual”

    • Matt April 22, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      Thanks for the comment Suzanne. These guys are absolutely in my top rank of personal heroes. They had absolutely no reason to help this young kid, but they did it anyway.

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