<!–enpproperty http://www.china.org.cn/world/2011-10/31/content_23772800.htmwww.china.org.cnThe officials of the Obama administration met with hundreds of local parents, teachers, students and community leaders at a bullying prevention summit Saturday to address the safety of Asian American, Pacific Islander and Muslim American students.2011-10-31 11:25:10.0White House battles bullying at UES summitAmerican,US,Asian,students,Muslim,bullyingWhite House battles bullying at UES summitWhite House battles bullying at UES summit10077075229Top News/enpproperty–>
The officials of the Obama administration met with hundreds of local parents, teachers, students and community leaders at a bullying prevention summit Saturday to address the safety of Asian American, Pacific Islander and Muslim American students.
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These students are more likely to be targets of bullying than some of their counterparts, the DNAinfo.com reported.
White House officials said that nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year, or about 13 million students.
“Post 9/11, bias-based bullying toward religious and immigrant communities has been a consistent issue, and it continues to be under reported,” Thomas Mariadason, an attorney at the Manhattan-based Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said in a statement.
The day-long summit included a panel with representatives from Facebook, MTV and Common Sense Media, who discussed online bullying and how to stay safe on the Internet.
“We’ve seen the egregious effects bias-based harassment has on students when there is a failure to intervene, from the violence at South Philadelphia High School in 2009 to reports we received in years past from the former Lafayette High School in Brooklyn,” Mariadason said.
“The problem persists, and it is a critical time for the White House to address these issues” he said.
The event aims to raise awareness about harassment of Asian and Muslim Americans, encourage students, parents and advocates to report such incidents and discuss possible solutions, according to federal officials.
The city’s teachers union recently unveiled a new anti-bullying hotline for kids.