NEW: Teen dyes hair pink for cancer awareness, becomes target for bully
DEL CITY, Okla — A metro teen, taking a stand against breast cancer, has become the latest target of a bully. The Del City teen recently took a drastic move, dying his hair bright pink.
The young man has lost a couple of family members to cancer over the years. So, in honor of breast cancer awareness month he decided to dye his hair pink.
Though it’s become a hair raising event when dealing with some of his classmates.
Craig Corbitt, with Project Elevate, said, “We try to not talk at them; we try to talk with them.”
Corbitt and those with Project Elevate go to schools around Oklahoma talking with students about bullying. The group uses break dancing, hip-hop and other means in an effort to change the culture in public schools.
They are working to teach students the danger of the words they use against each other.
Corbitt said, “Those words are causing young people to do things they never thought they would do.”
Those words can be incredibly hurtful. It’s something Ty Hinkle knows all too well.
Hinkle said, “One of them called me a true faggot because of my hair.”
Ty recently dyed his bright pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
Ty said, “My principals and my teachers think it’s cool.”
Though some of his classmates have used it as a reason to bully him.
It’s heartbreaking for his mom.
Carrie Fredrick, Ty’s mom, said, “When they don’t know how to deal with it and sometimes you’re afraid you don’t know how to deal with it, it is hard.”
Though Corbitt says Ty’s show of support for cancer patients is commendable.
In fact, he has a message for Ty and anyone else who is being picked on.
He said, “Don’t stop being an individual that’s sticking out and making people uncomfortable. We at Project Elevate think it’s the coolest thing ever.”
Ty’s school said he hasn’t broken any rules and they support his pink hair.
As for Project Elevate they work with schools around the metro to bring awareness to the issue of bullying.