Speech: President Obama urges “stand up” to bullying

By Margaret Allen
Heygrrrl! editor
In his address to the nation’s school children Tuesday, President Obama urged kids to do what they can to stop bullying.

As part of a riff encouraging children to set goals and stick to them, the president cited “stand up” to bullies as an option kids can choose as a goal. He said “all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn.”

See after the jump to read the text or to listen to the video (bullying mention is at 13:00 minutes):

“That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.”

Read the full speech.

Watch the video:


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