Local student heads to White House for bully summit

March 9, 2011 8:16:58 PM PST
Parents, students and teachers from across the country will join lawmakers at the White House Thursday to talk about ways to stop bullying.

A local teen is heading to Washington after being asked by the White House to share her message with people across the country.

President Obama and the first lady have launched an anti-bullying Facebook page. On the page is a video that asks people across the country to join in on an online conversation about bullying.

"It's tough enough being a kid today and our kids deserve the chance to learn and grow without constantly being picked on, bullying or worse," Michelle Obama says on the video.

The event is bringing together federal officials, educators, parents and students to talk about the issues and ways to prevent bullying.

"There's a growing movement led by young people themselves to make our schools a place where no one is afraid of being alone," President Obama says on the video.

Casey Story is one of those young people. She is a senior at Garner Magnet High School, and she's been standing up against bullying since elementary school.

That's when she joined a student group against violence called SAVE.

"It's not just the violence but the bullying that happens to more students, more often, and every day," Story said.

She is the president of that group and the board of chair of another national organization. It's her impressive resume that got her a call from the White House.

"I knew about it but I didn't know that they were just gonna call and say, 'How would you like to come to the White House next week?'" Story said.

She says she has seen firsthand how devastating bullying can be.

"[For] most people it can be small things or it can be big things and you know, I've seen bullying and I try to tell, stand up for other people," Story said.

Her trip to Washington will be short, but she is looking forward to joining the conversation and hopes to get one message across.

"They're coming to school to learn. Then that should be what happens when they come to school -- that they learn and aren't bullied," Story said.

You can tune in to the conversation beginning 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Click here, to go to the Facebook page.

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