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WHEREAS, school bullying has become an increasingly significant and prevalent problem throughout the Commonwealth and the nation; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than twenty percent United States youth are involved in bullying each year, either as a victim or as an aggressor; and
WHEREAS, bullying can assume many forms, including verbal, physical, emotional, and cyber, and can happen both on and off school grounds; and
WHEREAS, it is important for Virginia parents, students, teachers, and school administrators to be aware of and address 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 2020 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.