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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Clay Aiken - Advocate for Anti-Bullying Legislation  


Sen.Hagan meets with American Idol Contestant and Raleigh native, Clay Aiken

Off and on today, fans read on Twitter that Clay was going to be in DC at Capitol Hill.

Several tweets said that Clay was speaking to Congressmen to pass the safe school improvement act.

Later in the day was a tweet that Clay visited with Senator Kay Hagan.

The reason Clay was there was because he was speaking today advocating for two anti-bullying bills in Congress.

From - GLSEN
WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Casey and Al Franken and Representatives Jared Polis andLinda Sanchez were joined by singer Clay Aiken, Dancing with the Stars' Louis Van Amstel, and Sirdeaner Walker and Tammy Aaberg, two mothers who lost their sons to suicide after they faced in-school bullying, to stress the importance of two bills that address the bullying and harassment of students in schools.
Clay Aiken, known to many as an American Idol star, is also a father and a former special education teacher who feels strongly about enacting specific anti-bullying protections so that future generations have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. "I never had someone who told me that it was ok to be different...that it was okay to be me. What I did hear was that it would get better once I was out of high school...that things would get better. But from where I sat, I could not possibly believe that to be true. We need federal leadership from Congress to encourage all states and districts and each and every school to create safe learning environments where all students can learn and succeed."
This is such an important issue that it should be of national concern. Bullying has been going on for years. Not only in schools but on the internet - an unknown behind a computer. What is it going to take for more people to take notice and get involved? These kids that have taken their own lives should not have felt that this was the only solution. Many bullies do not think that they are the ones that are being addressed. They feel that it is always the other guy, that the rules don't apply to them. That they did nothing wrong.

I do hope that the bills being advocated today will pass and not another teen, child or young adult feel that suicide is the only way out.

I know that things won't happen over night, but it is a major start.



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4 comments: to “ Clay Aiken - Advocate for Anti-Bullying Legislation

  • claysweetea

     

    Thanks for this great blog about something so important to Clay and all of us. Im so glad Clay has the opportunities for others to hear his voice! Nice picture!


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    Thank you for the blog jbc! I'm very proud of Clay for taking the time to speak about something that is so very important! He's making a difference in this world just like he said he wanted to.

    I love the pic too! ;)


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    I'm very proud of Clay Aiken and his involvement with GLSEN. Something needs to be done about bullying and Washington is the place to do it.


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    jbc4clay,

    Excellent blog about Clay Aiken's advocacy for the anti-bullying legislation in Washington, DC. As articulate as he is, Clay is a perfect spokesperson for GLSEN and the cause.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Caro