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Pink Shirt Day supported by police throughout Okanagan

Members of the Kelowna RCMP gather for a photo during Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday. Kelowna RCMP

Okanagan RCMP and police services employees throughout the valley were wearing pink on Wednesday in support of anti-bullying.

“Bullying can be recognized as any unwelcomed or aggressive behaviour that makes a person uncomfortable, hurt or scared,” Kelowna RCMP said in a press release. “It makes no difference if bullying takes place in person, at work or school, online or in the community.

“This behaviour must not be tolerated.”

Police added that cyberbullying, which can include mean-spirited cell phone text messages, posts on social networking sites or threats sent over instant messaging services, is a growing concern.

“Bullying behaviour has long-term effects on a victim and it must be stopped,” said Kelowna superintendent Brent Mundle. “By wearing pink, we are standing together with our community to raise awareness and give our support to work towards ending bullying type behaviours.”

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Kelowna police say they have school resource officers who can teach youth how to recognize, respond to, prevent and protect themselves against bullying and cyberbullying.

For more information on how to protect your children from bullying and other support programs, visit www.bcrcmp.ca.