By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 23, 2014
FLORIDA-- Mayors in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Fort Myers have signed onto a new partnership with The US Conference of Mayors and The BULLY Project as part of a major national initiative to develop local solutions-based responses to combat the epidemic of bullying in local schools.
The mayors of Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Fort Myers join more than 170 mayors from around the country who have signed on to the project – called the Mayors’ Campaign to End Bullying – to raise awareness, foster safe school climate, and work with experts from The BULLY Project to create customized responses to bullying in their local school districts.
"As mayor, public safety is job one for me, and there can be no mistake: bullying is a serious public safety issue,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “It's also my job to make sure children and families grow up together in a city of opportunity for all who come to live, work and play."
As part of the initiative, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Fort Myers will have access to technical support from a team of education specialists at the University of Illinois in partnership with The BULLY Project. The experts will provide participating mayors with advice and research on programmatic approaches to ending bullying, so the solutions developed through the initiative are based strongly in recognized best practices and have a sustainable impact that lasts beyond National Bullying Prevention Month in October.