All Press Releases for 03/25/2012


Bullied Teens To Help Craft Anti Bullying Laws, With Monster March Against Bullying



On April 2, teens will meet with New York's Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and Senator Michael Razenhoff to contribute to New York's first state anti-cyber bullying law.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA / PR FREE / Mar 25 2012 --
On March 7, the day the parents of 14-year-old Eden Wormer of Washington state were learning their daughter has just hanged herself over prolonged Facebook bullying they had known nothing about, some 600 miles to the south at the social network giant's headquarters, Facebook's online security director was being informed of a bullied suicide threat in the Bay Area. The founder of the national youth-led anti bullying crusade, "The Monster March Against Bullying," had just emailed the Facebook executive dozens of examples of the cruel "gang style" bullying that was causing a 17-year-old to make "credible suicide threats." Despite the organization's urgent request that Facebook delete the offending bully's account, Facebook declined to help.

This is an example of why, today, a group of teens from the youth-led national crusade called, The "Monster March Against Bullying" are meeting with California Congresswoman Barbara Boxer's staff to share the teenagers' proposed legislation they want to turn into the nation's first anti bullying hate crime law.

Nineteen-year-old Brittany Lavonier, whose proposed legislation gathered more than 6,000 signatures on a Change.org petition, says, "Social Networks are the bullying pits that lead to most bullied teen suicides. Yet, their billions of dollars have been able to buy legislative protection from responsibility. We want to change that."

Monster March Against Bullying teens from New York to California will participate in the meeting with the Boxer's staff today. On April 2, the same teens will meet with New York's Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and Senator Michael Razenhoff to contribute to New York's first state anti-cyber bullying law.

Legal protections to prevent bullied suicides is one of many focuses Monster March teens are leading. At the end of this year, the organization will close out a year of unprecedented anti-bullying projects, with a grand finale celebration. More than 10,000 teens are expected to take part in the march through San Francisco. Lady Gaga has been invited to headline perform, and President Obama, to announce the year's "Top 5 Youth Generated Anti-Bullying Solutions" at what organizers say will go down as, "The Largest Youth Protest in History."

Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/youtyhvoicetv.





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