Celebrated every year on the third Friday of November AND on the last Friday of February.
International STAND UP to Bullying Day was created in 2007 by the Executive Director of Bully Help Initiatives.
Since then many other initiatives also organized STAND UP to Bullying Day.
Hence the different dates.
The date of the third Friday in November is chosen because it falls in Anti-Bullying Week.
The date of last Friday of February was celebrated first in 2008 when it created by David Shepherd and Travis Price to protest against a student at Central Kings Rural High School in Cambridge being bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt on his first day of school.
The pink wearing student nearly escaped being beaten up.
So to prevent any future violence and to make a stance against petty intolerance David and Travis bought about 50 discounted pink shirts to distribute among any fellow student willing to participate.
Many other students already had something pink and thus over a hundred students wearing pink showed up that day.
Thus creating a “sea of pink” in school.
It is said that nobody in that school was ever being bullied for wearing pink again.
The “Sea of Pink” made the news and it became a yearly event now extended to a second event to be held in Anti-Bullying Week.
“Schools should be places of learning and joy, not testing and agita.”
— Randi Weingarten