The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday proclaimed October as National Bullying Prevention Month, and also proclaimed October 19 as a citywide Unity Day, asking everyone to wear orange in support of kindness and inclusion.
“Nationally, one out of every four students reports being bullied during the school year,” said Becky Hopkins, interim assistant to the Pleasanton City Manager.
She added that "57% of the time, bullying will stop if a peer intervenes on behalf of the student who is being bullied.”
Taylor Sowers and Kate Inman, members of the city's Youth Commission, joined Hopkins at the council meeting to urge the adoptiong of the anti-bullying proclamation.
Bullying has taken center stage in the national spotlight and several states, including California, which has enacted strong anti-bullying legislation.
In addition to the proclamation designed to raise awareness about the negative impacts of bullying and the need to stand united against it, the city, through its Community Education Series, will be hosting a free workshop focusing on cyberbullying and how to help teens navigate social media.
Other ways in which communities and individuals can get involved include: changing your profile picture to the Pleasanton Unites Against Bullying logo, which can be downloaded by visiting the Unity Day page at http://ptownlife.org website, using the #UnityDay2016 and #PTownUnites2016 hashtags to join the conversation and add your voice to unite against bullying.