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WHEREAS, International Stand Up to Bullying Day was started by two students in Nova Scotia Canada who observed a fellow student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt in school; and
WHEREAS, on International Stand Up to Bullying Day, which is observed on the third Friday of November and again on the last Friday of February, gives schools, workplaces, and organizations the opportunity to come together and denounce bullying at all levels; and
WHEREAS, participants observing International Stand Up To Bullying Day wear pink and sign pledges to support victims and stand up to bullies in a non-confrontational way; and
WHEREAS, bullying is defined as unwanted, often repeated aggressive behavior, that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, which can create serious, lasting impacts; and
WHEREAS, even though no single factor puts students at risk of being bullied or bullying others, children who identify as LGBTQIA+, children with disabilities, and socially isolated children, such as military connected youth – have an increased risk of being bullied; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that parents, educators, and community members help children understand the effects of bullying, how to safely stand up to bullying, as well as model and communicate the importance of treating all people with kindness and respect; and
WHEREAS, it is important that policies are enacted and that resources are given to combat bullying in our Commonwealth – so that all children can feel safe and valued;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 19, 2021, as INTERNATIONAL STAND UP TO BULLYING DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.