Elementary school students wear pink, pledge to stand up to bullying


SEATTLE - Fourth- and fifth-graders at West Seattle Elementary School participated in International STAND UP to Bullying Day on Friday.

The global event bills itself as an opportunity for "good people across the world to join together to say bullying sucks."

International STAND UP to Bullying Day participants pledge to resist bullies by signing their names on pink T-shirts. The shirts are based on a campaign started by two senior high school students who took a stand against a freshman student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

West Seattle Elementary students celebrated their efforts on Friday with an assembly that kicked off a special curriculum about bullying.

"The kids are so excited to be a part of such a positive movement," fifth-grade teacher Tara Slinden said.

         >>> You can view a slide show of photos from at West Seattle Elementary School's celebration here.

More than 3,100 schools, workplaces and organizations around the world have taken part in International STAND UP to Bullying Day.

"It would be amazing if we could turn this event into a day that is acknowledged by all schools district-wide," Slinden said.