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Video: News Anchor Responds to Bullying During Newscast

A Wisconsin news anchor used a morning broadcast to address a viewer who criticized her weight, an example of bullying during National Bully Prevention Month.

October is National Bully Prevention Month, so news anchor Jennifer Livingston's response to her own bullying experience was timely. This morning, during a Tuesday morning broadcast, Livingston  addressed a viewer who, in an email, said that her weight portrayed an image that was "not suitable for young people."

Livingston's confrontation of the issue shows the importance of stepping up to bullying. Locally, Robbinsdale Area Schools are working to eliminate bullying. Not only does the district have a Bully Prevention Policy, but last year the district partnered with the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) to become a "Champion Against Bullying."

So, what can you do to prevent bullying? On Oct. 6, Golden Valley residents can show support for students who are bullied by participating in PACER's "Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying" event held in Bloomington. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Mt. Normandale Lake. Residents can also visit PACER's National Bully Prevention Center website and download resources that will help put an end to bullying.

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After watching the video clip, do you think overweight news anchors are a bad influence on children, like the viewer stated in an email? How are you communicating with others about bullying and bully prevention? Tell us in the comments!

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