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KSDE challenges you to wear pink to stand up to bullying

KSDE challenges you to wear pink to stand up to bullying

The Kansas State Department of Education is challenging you to wear pink on Tuesday, Oct. 3, to stand up to bullying. 

By joint resolution, the Kansas State Senate and the Kansas State Board of Education declared the first full week of October as Kansas Anti-Bullying Awareness Week. October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. 

The color pink is often associated with bullying prevention because of Pink Shirt Day, which started in 2007 in Canada after students donned pink shirts in support of a peer who was bullied for wearing pink. Pink Day is celebrated internationally in different ways and on different dates. 

KSDE encourages everyone to wear pink Tuesday, Oct. 3, snap a photograph and share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag @ksdehq and use the hashtag #BullyingStopsHere. 

The percentage of Kansas kids who reported being bullied had been decreasing since 2008, reaching an all-time low in 2021 while many students weren’t attending school in-person because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, since then, incidences of bullying have been trending upward again. In 2023, bullying at school was at the highest level ever reported, according to the Kansas Communities That Care survey. Nearly one in three students – or 32% - reported being bullied in the past year. 

Watch KSDE’s Facebook and X, formerly Twitter, pages next week for more information and your shared posts. 

Posted: Sep 28, 2023,
Comments: 0,
Author: Ann Bush

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