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Obama Vows Support for Bully Bill Before 'Bully' Screening

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Barack Obama took a bold stance against bullying on Friday by announcing his support for two anti-bullying bills that strive to protect students from bullying. Obama’s seal of approval for the two bills preceded a White House screening of The Weinstein Company’s film “Bully,” which chronicles the growing problem of bullying in American schools.

The anti-bullying bills work to bar bullying from public elementary schools in two different ways. The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) bans harrassment of LGBT (identified or perceived) students in public elementary and secondary schools. A second bill, the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) will require schools to adopt anti-bullying codes while also submitting data regarding bullying to the Department of Education.

The White House released an official statement regarding the move saying, “The President and his Administration have taken many steps to address the issue of bullying. He is proud to support the Student Non-Discrimination Act, introduced by Senator Franken and Congressman Polis, and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, introduced by Senator Casey and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez. These bills will help ensure that all students are safe and healthy and can learn in environments free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.”

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, was pleased with the outcome of the screening. “This is an incredible turn of events and shows that art can have a transcending effect,” Weinstein said. “For all those families of the children who were lost, it’s momentous to have the President and First Lady’s support and gives them something to celebrate.”

Bully debuted in theaters nationwide on April 13.

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