STOP THE BULLYING

STOP THE BULLYING

PROTECTING CHILDREN (Aug. 15, 2013) -- Gerry Orz of Los Angeles, left, with Sen. Ted W. Lieu as he is presented with a framed Senate Concurrent Resolution 51 making each December 12 Bullying Prevention Day. Watch the vote and an interview with Gerry HERE: Gerry, 11.  A movie created by Gerry when he was 9, called “Day of Silence,” targets elementary and middle school children and depicts the life of a youth who is emotionally and physically bullied by a peer. He decided to make this movie after being bullied at school. His compelling story demonstrates how bullying impacts a youth’s schoolwork, family, and well-being. This movie was the catalyst for Bullying Prevention Day. The day would recognize the need for all of us—individuals, schools, communities, businesses, local governments and the state- to take action on behalf of bullying prevention in California. It encourages the community members to start these bullying prevention programs in elementary school, as new research shows bullying begins in a much younger age. (Photo by Lori  Shelley).