Monday, March 19, 2012

[News]: President Obama: ‘Bullying Is Wrong, Destructive, And We Can All Prevent It’

President Barack Obama addressed bullies and their victims Sunday while introducing To SPEAK UP Against Bullying, the Cartoon Network’s 30-minute documentary detailing the ills of the epidemic that’s captured the nation’s attention since the high-profile suicides of youth such as Rutgers student Tyler Clementi and Buffalo teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

“Bullying is not a rite of passage or harmless part of growing up,” the commander-in-chief said. “It’s wrong. Its destructive and we can all prevent it.”

The father of two daughters, Sasha and Malia, said he cares “about this issue deeply, not just as the president, but as a dad.”

He noted that The White House -- who estimates 13 million children are picked on each year -- has made pacts “with schools and parents to raise awareness” against the epidemic, which has taken a new and cruel twist in this day and age of social networking, as evidenced in both of the aforementioned cases.

“Everyone has to take action against bullying,” he said. “Everyone has an obligation to make our schools and our communities safer for all our kids.”

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