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Wear orange for World Unity Day

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ORANGE YOU GLAD? Wear orange to show support for World Unity Day.

The stereotypical bullies from movies and literature are tough girls or boys who push people into lockers and steal lunch money. They have been replaced with internet trolls and mean girls who create burn books and hide behind fake Instagram accounts. 

Both types of bullying are equally dangerous, and tomorrow the school and community will wear orange for World Unity Day to stand against bullying.

According to pacer.org, World Unity Day was created in 2011. 

“The call to action was to ‘Make it Orange and Make it End. Unite Against Bullying!’ ” the website said. “Today, the call to action has evolved to wear and share (through social media) orange to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.”

Students can participate in the day and the call to action by simply wearing orange. 

“I have one orange shirt,” senior Allison Carroll said. “I will wear it tomorrow against bullying.”

Many students were not aware of Unity Day and what wearing the color orange means tomorrow. 

“I will wear orange since I found out what it means,” junior Joanna Galvan said. 

It is the hope that by sharing the message of anti bullying within the school and community, a safe place is created for all. 

“It’s important to promote kindness and acceptance. Period,” theater teacher Megan Standley said. “No child deserves to be bullied and should feel safe to be who they are wherever they are. As a teacher, it’s important for me to create a safe space, where all students feel welcome. One where students can connect with each other, regardless of their differences.”

Though Unity Day is just one day, the effects of bullying can last a lifetime. After flooding the halls with orange tomorrow, students and the school community must remember to never forget the effects of bullying.

“Bullying is something that stays with people for life,” junior Ella Mcdonald said. “It affects them in little things they do, how they feel, and how they think. I was bullied in middle school, and it affects me to this day. If you see something, say something. You’ll never know what a person could do to themselves in a mental crisis.”

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