Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is among several Ohio mayors who have signed onto a national initiative to fight bullying.
Plusquellic has joined a partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the BULLY Project as part of an effort to develop local solutions to lessen bullying in schools. The mayors in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Dayton, as well as several in smaller Ohio cities, including Brunswick, are among 170 mayors from across the country who have joined the initiative.
The project, called Mayors' Campaign to End Bullying, aims to raise awareness, foster a safe school environment and work with experts from the BULLY Project to create customized responses to bullying in school districts.
"Our children have the right to participate in school and activities free from harassment and bullying," Plusquellic said in a news release.
The University of Illinois and the BULLY Project, an advocacy and educational organization inspired by the award-winning film, Bully, will provide the cities with technical support on approaches to end bullying. The BULLY project also will give cities the film, a discussion guide, event support and educational resources.