Statement: Anti-Bullying Day

GPO Leader Mike Schreiner issued the following statement on Anti-Bullying Day: 
“Today marks Anti-Bullying Day, also known as Pink Shirt Day, to commemorate the solidarity shown by a group of Nova Scotian high school students in response to an incident of bullying.
 
This incident reminds us of the fact bullying still occurs in schools across the country and the importance of remaining vigilant in such matters.
 
We need to ensure that schools across Ontario are safe, inclusive places where students feel free to express themselves. 
 
I would like to thank students, teachers, and school boards for their work in fostering an inclusive environment where people feel welcome. We are fortunate to live in a country where diversity is celebrated and where differences are a positive aspect of our multicultural society. 
 
Our schools need to reflect this diversity.
 
It is crucial that we aim to eliminate all forms of bullying and discrimination, especially in schools where attitudes and ideas about how people should treat others are formed. This day provides an important example of the power of student initiatives in the fight against bullying. 
 
The Green Party of Ontario aims to promote tolerance in all aspects of the daily lives of Ontarians and supports Anti-Bullying Day as a way to bring greater awareness and solutions to the issue.  
 
By wearing pink today, we are expressing solidarity with the victims of bullying and also articulating a zero tolerance policy towards such behaviour. It is never too late to stand up and speak out against bullying.”