In the last few weeks, there have been many high profile cases of suicides due to bullying and hate crimes. Many have been bullied due to being LGBTQ and others just because they’re different or perceived as being weaker. Today is Spirit Day; a day created earlier this month by teenager Brittany Miller.
The concept behind “Spirit Day” is simple and similar to the idea of “Spirit Week” held in many high schools, summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together.
Spirit Day is meant to honor the teenagers who’ve taken their own lives in recent weeks. It’s also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, there is a vast community of people who support them.
To commemorate the day, Stu Snyder from Turner Cartoon Network and Judith Pickens of the Boys and Girls Clubs appeared on Good Day Atlanta to call attention to their partnership surrounding their Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign.
The Stop Bullying Campaign is a movement geared towards preventing bullying before it starts. Cartoon Network has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The Anti-Defamation League and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, to encourage children and adults to speak up against bullying.
Cartoon Network is distributing 4,000 bullying prevention kits to Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. The kits are to give Club staff and leaders the educational tools to inform children how to speak up against bullying and will target bystanders, who represent 75-85 percent of students in schools identified as witnesses to bullying.
Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand UP to the bullies. Remember those lives we’ve tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting. ‘Go Purple’ today!
Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.
As one of the event’s Facebook pages says: “This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple.”
To continue to learn more about bullying and its prevention, follow the links the below and stay tuned here for more information.
For More Info:
Stop Bullying Campaign
Boys & Girls Clubs
A Resource for Children Being Bullied