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End Bullying Now! Press Conference

NAAFA will host a press conference at the National Press Club to discuss an egregious oversight in the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2010 (SSIA) and what can be done to prevent fat children from being omitted from anti-bullying protections.

 
PRLog - Aug. 3, 2011 - FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Foster City, CA – NAAFA will host a press conference at the National Press Club on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 10:00AM to discuss an egregious oversight in the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2010 (SSIA) and what can be done to prevent fat children from being omitted from the legislation’s anti-bullying protections.  

The SSIA of 2010 was created to combat the bullying of children in school.   This act prohibits bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.  The press conference will highlight why the omission of fat children only weakens the legislative intent of the anti-bullying protections.

Earlier this year, two teenage girls committed suicide because of bullying based on body size.  A big boy in Australia was bullied to the point of exasperation when he finally threw his tormentor to the ground and the video went viral.  

A recent study from the University of Michigan concludes that the odds of being bullied are 63% higher for children who are obese than their classmates of a normal weight.

Yet body size is left entirely out of the equation when we’re talking about protection from bullying!  The current version of the SSIA does not prohibit bullying and harassment based on weight, height, or physical appearance. It is imperative that SSIA be amended to include weight and height to protect all our children.

On the web:  http://www.naafa.org
           
For more information contact:
Peggy Howell, Public Relations Director, NAAFA
Email:  pr@naafa.org   Phone:  707-246-6116

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Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination. Our goal is for people of size to be accepted with dignity and equality and will pursue this goal through advocacy, public education, and support.

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