March 9, 2011

Obama Taking A Stand Against Bullying In America

President Barack Obama said in a public service announcement (PSA) on Facebook this morning that bullying is something that "affects every single young person in our country."

According to "Good Morning America", he released the PSA to raise attention for a special White House conference to prevent bullying scheduled for Thursday.

The conference will unite students, teachers and parents to discuss ways to prevent and respond to the estimated 13 million students a year who are bullied in American schools.

"For a long time, bullying was treated as an unavoidable part of growing up but more and more we're seeing how harmful it can be for our kids, especially when it follows them from their school, their phone, their computer screen," the president said in the announcement.

However, Obama said that there are resources and leaders in communities who are working to curb bullying.

"It's tough enough being a kid today," First Lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. "Our children deserve the chance to learn and grow without constantly being picked on, made fun of or worse."

The conference will provide information on recognizing risk factors of bullying and violence prevention.

The Obamas hope that people will participate "because putting a stop to bullying is a responsibility we all share."


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