White House to Hold Anti-Bullying Conference

The White House has announced that it is inviting students, parents and teachers to a conference next Thursday, March 10, on the subject of bullying prevention where President Obama and representatives from the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services will discuss what the Administration will be doing to help combat this problem and what individuals can do to fight bullying in schools.

From the White House press release

On Thursday, March 10, President Obama, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services will welcome students, parents, teachers and others to The White House for a Conference on Bullying Prevention.  The conference will bring together communities from across the nation who have been affected by bullying as well as those who are taking action to address it.

Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration about how all communities can work together to prevent bullying.

Bullying, particularly bullying related to perceived or actual sexual orientation and gender identity, received renewed attention last year after a spate of high profiled teen suicides.

Melody Barnes, White House domestic policy adviser, told the Washington Blade that the issue of anti-LGBT bullying in schools, and bullying as a whole, is an issue Obama feels strongly about.

From the Washington Blade

In a conference call Tuesday, Melody Barnes, White House domestic policy adviser, said the conference will bring together students, parents, teachers and other leaders who “have been affected by bullying, and who have taken action to prevent bullying.”

“Participants will have the opportunity to speak with the president and representatives from the highest levels of the administration about bullying as well as ways to take action to address it in their communities,” Barnes said.


Barnes noted that Obama appeared in the fall for a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign to speak out against anti-gay bullying. Barnes called the issue “very, very near to the president and the first lady’s heart.”

“The president believes we must ensure schools are safe for all kids for every single child who walks through that door, and we look forward to this conference and the opportunity to hear from individuals from diverse backgrounds about how bullying has affected their lives as well as attempts individuals and communities have taken to stop it,” Barnes said.

Barnes added more details would be made available about the conference in the future, such as the names of participants. Sources have told the Washington Blade that representatives from LGBT advocacy groups would be among the participants in the conference.

                                               Read more at the Washington Blade.

You can take action below to ask Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to make sure perceived or actual sexual orientation and gender identity is included in existing anti-bullying programs.

Take Action: End Anti-LGBT Bullying!

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colleen prinssen
colleen p6 years ago

ahahah, funny. are the animal rights people bullies for saying "cull humans, hunt humans, kill them like the wolf is killed dead, grrrrr, to many of us. to overpopulated. time to thin the herd"

I guess the'll all die if its ilelgal to make fun of people to death.


Tony Co
Tony C6 years ago

I have been receiving letters from Care2 where various subjects come up dealing with Sexual Abuse, Bullying, Theft, Abortion, The Environment and so many others where people submit their solutions. My Idea is to Nip it in the Bud by having a class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY. From Grade one to graduation children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt you or the other person. Along with this Sex Education should be taught from Masturbation, LGBT and all forms of sex. But you say when will this be taught? Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry and Algebra which in normal life is hardly used. They can learn this in college if need be. I believe this is a solution.

Nipping it in the bud so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated.

If children are taught at an early age that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and that you should not use your strengths to belittle some one but to help them so that their strengths can be used to help you.

Christine S.

Please yes let's get some kind of action against bullying- I was bullied and traumatized at school- why the heck is is still going on 20 years later!?

Susanne R.
Susanne R6 years ago

Since this conference on bullying is taking place at the White House, I think it would be a nice gesture if Dick Cheney and Karl Rove were invited to attend.

john hall
john hall6 years ago

Kenny S.
I think it's a shame when a bully cant get his ass kicked we are in such a politically correct age where you must talk about it and not just whoop the bully's ass . I had this prob with my child the time out's and taking things away didnt help . i told my child whatever you do to a child i will do to you and guess what it stopped because they saw and felt what they where putting other kids through.

Laura C.
Laura C.6 years ago


kenny s.
Kenny Stidham6 years ago

@ JOHN HALL....Its called being mad as hell and not taking it anymore. Once again, anyone game?

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

I wonder what the Repugnut spin on this will be?

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

It's a start....

john hall
john hall6 years ago

way to go kenny s saying that all these men are bully's and we need a bloodbath guess what obama is a bully in his own way. the federal gov has been in schools to long and thats the biggest prob we have to much talk and not enough butt whoopings to the bully's .