Glendale, CA - On August 31st, the California State Legislature chaptered Senate Concurrent Resolution 100 authored by State Senator Carol Liu that aims to prevent bullying. This resolution recognizes December 12, 2012 as California Bullying Prevention Day and declares a safe school environment a priority.
Bullying is common on school playgrounds, in neighborhoods, and in homes throughout California.
The prevalence of bullying among youth is staggering; with studies suggesting that twenty-eight percent of students were bullied at school.
"This resolution was inspired by my constituent, writer, actor, director, and producer, Gerry Orz. Gerry was nine when he created the film called Day of Silence. He shares strategies for students, parents and schools that can protect kids from being bullied," said Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge. "In honor of this day, I ask each school in my senate district to tell their students about bullying awareness day and to have 12 seconds of silence at noon in honor of victims of bullying."
"I am proud and excited that this resolution has become a reality and support it 100%," said Gerry. "I hope this will help me spread the anti-bullying message and create a bigger awareness, especially among younger students. This is a great honor for me and Kids Resource, my newly founded non-profit organization. I believe strongly that with this bill, support of CA State Senate and my film more and more kids will understand what could be the consequences of bullying and staying silent."
Liu represents about 930,000 people in the 21st Senate District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, La Cañada-Flintridge, San Gabriel, Temple City, and several City and County of Los Angeles communities.