On Thursday, the White House held a conference on bullying prevention. President Barack Obama didn’t just discuss the negative repercussions that bullying has on our schools, students and society but about his own experience with bullying.
What did he say?
Obama told the audience of about 150, “We all remember what it was like to see kids picked on it the hallways or the school yards. And with big ears and the name that I have, I wasn’t immune. I did not emerge unscathed.” But he did rise above it all didn’t he?
“Preventing bullying isn’t just important to us as President and First Lady; it’s important for us as parents. 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…Bullying can have destructive consequences for our young people. As parents and students, as teachers and members of the community, we can take steps — all of us — to help prevent bullying and create a climate in our schools in which all of our children can feel safe.”
Michelle Obama, who co-hosted the event, added, “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. It breaks our hearts to think about any parent losing a child to bullying, or just wondering whether their kids will be safe when they leave for school in the morning.”
Will the president’s public stance on bullying help shed more light on this important issue?
Photo: Official White House Portrait