Obama Takes On Bullies

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 3:45pm

President and First Lady Michelle Obama take part in new anti-bullying campaign.

President and Mrs. Obama are speaking out against school bullying.

They're calling for action from parents and schools, churches and of course, the government.

The White House says one in three American school children, nearly three million, report being bullied during the school year.

Some of those cases end in tragic results with parents and educators unaware of the problem until it's too late.

Carl Walker-Hoover, an 11-year-old Springfield, Massachusetts student, took his own life rather than face another day of bullying.

His mother was at the White House, joined by many other families, students and experts all promising hope to children who feel they have none.

"If there's one goal of this conference, it's to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless
rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It's not," said President Obama.

"As parents, it breaks our hearts to think that any child feels afraid every day in the classroom, or on the playground, or even online," added First Lady Michelle Obama.

Many parents don't even know their children are being bullied.

"Ten percent told parents, five percent told someone at school," pointed out the Cyber-Bullying Research Center's Justin Patchin.

The goal of the conference is to start a national dialogue that leads to real change.

President Obama has ordered his Education and Health Departments to help fight bullying and they've created a new web site to help turn today's talk into action.

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