October 2017: Michigan Bullying Prevention Month

WHEREAS, bullying is physical, verbal, sexual, or emotional harm or intimidation intentionally directed at a person or group of people; and,

WHEREAS, bullying occurs in neighborhoods, playgrounds, schools, the workplace, community activities and through technology, such as the Internet and cell phones; and,

WHEREAS, various researchers have concluded that bullying is the most common form of violence, affecting millions of American children and adolescents annually; and,

WHEREAS, thousands of Michigan children and adolescents are affected by bullying annually; and,

WHEREAS, targets of bullying are more likely to acquire physical, emotional, and learning problems and students as well as adults who are repeatedly bullied often fear such activities as riding the bus, going to school, going to work and attending community activities; and,

WHEREAS, children and adults who bully are at greater risk of engaging in more serious violent behaviors;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as Michigan Bullying Prevention Month.