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Enter to win: Sea of Pink contest

The Sea of Pink story

In the fall of 2007, two Nova Scotia students turned the tide against the bullies who picked on a fellow student for wearing pink.

The victim, a grade 9 boy, was hounded for wearing a pink polo shirt on his first day of high school. Bullies verbally harassed the boy with homophobic remarks for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up.

Two grade 12 students heard about the bullies' actions, and decided to take action. They went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, including tank tops, to wear the next day. They went online and emailed classmates to get them on board with their anti-bullying cause: they called it "Sea of Pink"

An unbelievable amount of support poured in the next day. Dozens of students wore the discount shirts, but hundreds of other students showed up wearing their own pink clothes.

When the bullied student walked into school, he saw his fellow students dressed in pink. It was a powerful, supportive moment. When a large group of people stand up against bullies in support of the victim, bullies lose all their power.

The "Sea of Pink" campaign garnered significant media attention, and has been emulated widely since.


In honour of the Sea of Pink story. BCGEU Component 17 is running a contest to give away a limited amount of iPads to the children of BCGEU component 17 members who are aged 14 and under and can correctly answer the quiz below.

Each child is allowed one entry, to get all the questions right you will need to do some research about the original Sea of Pink story. The contest will close on February 6th at noon - and winners will be drawn and announced on February 26th.