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President Obama delivers message to bully victims

President Obama posted a video this week telling victims of bullying that it will get better.  The president speaks directly to the camera saying, “I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay, but I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong.” The president calls for an end to the bullying-as-right-of-passage attitude and tells young people that “things will get better.”

You can view the video by clicking on the image below or clicking here.  The full transcript of his remarks are available by clicking here.

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Cyber-bullying video from ABA

The campaign to stop cyber-bullying is properly getting attention in the media and many companies who have jointly produced a  video on the problem of cyber-bullying in schools. The cyber-bullying video below is the first in a series that the American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, through its Public Education Committee, produced to help high school students learn about the harmful effects of bullying. These videos are being funded in part by donations from American companies such as Microsoft Corporation and Time Warner Cable, Inc., and additional fundraising efforts are underway.

Editorial note (5/5/2011):  The original video was reworked after receiving criticism for showing a teen being bullied and deciding to take her life, while her three “mean girl” tormentors were hauled off by police.  The reworked video is shown below:

Emotional speech urging bullied young gays to persevere

A member of the bullying task force pointed out this clip from a Fort Worth, Texas City Council meeting from last week.  It is a very moving clip in which an openly gay councilman urges young people to seek help and to hang in there if they are being bullied due to their sexuality, as they don’t know now how wonderful their lives will turn out after high school.  His presentation was in response to the many gay related suicides lately.

In a heart-wrenching moment, the Councillor told of the bullying he endured as a teenager. “They said that I was a faggot and that I should die,” he said.   The harassment drove him to the verge of suicide.

“You will have a lifetime of happy memories if you just allow yourself and give yourself the time to make them.”

You can view the full clip by clicking below: