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O'Malley, Facebook Execs to Talk Bullying at Arundel High

The Maryland Governor will appear Thursday with executives of Facebook and the Cartoon Network as part of a national kick-off for Bullying Prevention Month and to encourage more parental involvement.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will appear at Thursday morning to kick off a national campaign for parental involvement and bullying prevention.

O’Malley and his wife, Katie, will attend Anne Arundel County’s kick-off for National Bullying Prevention Month, along with executives from Facebook and the Cartoon Network.

O’Malley is expected to ask students and teachers to take a “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” pledge.

Since October also is National Parental Involvement Month, O’Malley is expected to give a message encouraging parents to become more active in their childrens’ lives.

Bullying has become a major news issue in the last year, after reports of suicides from students who said they were harassed due to their sexual orientation. In many cases, the harassment came online through social media networks such as Facebook.

Many politicians, athletes and celebrities, including the O’Malleys, have taped video segments for the “It Gets Better” campaign, which is designed to assist gay and transgendered young people who are being bullied.

Robert October 06, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Way to go Gov.O'Malley!
Mike Weakley October 06, 2011 at 04:18 AM
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. I have developed a bully prevention show for elementary schools. Highlights from the show can be seen here... http://youtu.be/2qAvD01RD9E http://www.StopBullyingShow.com
John October 06, 2011 at 12:39 PM
I think a lot has changed. I'm not "that" old - 44 and back when I was in high school if any teacher saw a kid bullying another or bullying was reported it was a nuclear event. Parents got called - principal/parent conference immediately...Second offense was suspension and third was expulsion. We had one fight in our school in the hallway when I was a sophmore. It was easily ascertained as to who started it and that kid was expelled. It sends a very very clear message to the rest of the students that there's no tolerance. Now, apparently, everything seems to have changed.

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