"We all have a lot of work to do in this country on this issue," Mrs. Obama said in remarks to educators, parents, students, politicos and businesses leaders.
So how does the White House define bullying?
According to StopBullying.gov, a website announced today by the administration, "Bullying can happen anywhere: face-to-face, by text messages or on the web. It is not limited by age, gender, or education level. It is not a phase and it is not a joke. Bullying can cause lasting harm."
The president cited a statistic that one third of all middle and high school students in the nation have reported being bullied over the course of the school year. Personalizing the statistic, he then admitted even he was bullied as a youngster.
"As adults, we all remember what it was like to see kids picked on in the hallways or in the schoolyard," Obama said. "And I have to say, with big ears and the name that I have, I wasn’t immune. I didn’t emerge unscathed."
While he didn't disclose his own experience had any "lasting harm," the president did state that that the goal of the conference was "to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up."
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