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WHEREAS, school bullying is a significant problem in the United States and Virginia; and
WHEREAS, more than twenty percent of the youth in the United States are estimated to be involved in bullying each year, either as a bully or as a victim; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 160,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade miss school due to a fear of being bullied; and
WHEREAS, bullying can assume many forms, including verbal, physical, and in cyberspace, and can happen on and off school grounds; and
WHEREAS, it is important for Virginia parents, students, teachers, and school administrators to be aware of bullying, and to encourage discussion of the problem as a school community; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia School Boards Association has developed a model policy on anti-bullying to encourage positive behaviors and to eliminate bullying behaviors;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2018 as VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.