Stories of bullying in schools are popping up seemingly every day, and the District of Columbia is saying “no more.”
Mayor Vincent Gray declared Thursday is Bully Free DC Day.
More than 20 organizations joined the D.C. Safe Schools Coalition for a reading of the proclamation by Jeffrey Richardson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Affairs.
“Bullying is a problem that is increasingly terrorizing more young people at school,” Mayor Gray wrote in the proclamation. “Bully Free DC Day will help combat this problem. … I call upon the residents to join me in increasing public awareness about the growth and ill effects of the behavior we know as bullying.”
The rally took place on the front steps of the John A. Wilson Building in northwest D.C.