This outreach from the public should signal our government officials that “we the people” are tired of this kind of behavior. Bullying and body shaming should not be tolerated at any age or on any level. It is time for our elected officials to listen to us, step up and add body size to the anti-discrimination laws of this country.
We encourage Athena Middle School in Greece, New York to use this as a teaching moment; to teach respect to all your students; to teach that bullying is wrong; to teach that diversity is a good thing; to teach all your students that it is time to end size discrimination.
We refer you to NAAFA’s Child Advocacy Toolkit which contains references and resources to help parents, educators and caregivers become advocates for size diversity and inclusion. Individuals can access this toolkit on NAAFA’s website at: http://issuu.com/
Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.
On the web: http://www.naafa.org