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Schwarzenegger’s Offers Advice To End Bullying

Governor Schwarzengger was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are his words:

“Hello, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.

When I was making movies in Hollywood, I loved playing the tough guy.

I was always taking out the enemy, whether it was blowing up terrorists in True Lies or punching out a child abuser in Kindergarten Cop.

I just loved it. It was cool.

But let me tell you, there is nothing cool about trying to act tough by picking on and bullying innocent people.

We have all read the news stories lately.

This has been a tragic month for teenagers who have been the victims of bullies.

And while these high-profile cases are rare, bullying is not.

It is a daily reality for too many of our children.

One-third of students ages 12 to 18 report feeling bullied.

Even though our schools have a legal responsibility to stop bullies, I say the responsibility belongs to all of us.

Let’s all pledge to stop bullies. Each one of us: every student on campus, every teacher, every mother and father, every friend who right now is looking the other way.

Let’s do something about it.

Studies show that bullies target others so they can feel better about themselves.

So they can be in control.

Here’s where we can make a difference.

It is estimated that about 85 percent of bullies act when they have an audience.

They want to be noticed. They want to show off.

So I say, do the right thing.

Don’t be a bystander.

Don’t be an adult who just dismisses bullying as “part of growing up.”

Stand up and speak out.

Here’s something else you can do right now: reach out to someone who is different than you.

Give it a try.

If you’re tall, maybe make a friend with someone who is short, like I did with Danny DeVito.

If you are Republican, date a Democrat. Maybe even marry one like I did with Maria.

I’ve done all these things and it’s made my world much richer and exciting.

Of course I’m only half joking here, because I am very serious about inclusion and tolerance.

It makes the world a much better place.

And it starts with each one of us.

That’s why I got involved also with Special Olympics 30 years ago.

It’s an organization my mother-in-law started, and it is all over the world.

It brings equality to people who are intellectually challenged.

Because they have been ridiculed just because they look different.

They’ve been called retards.

They’ve been bullied and laughed at.

So we have to reach out to people and make them feel equal.

That is what tolerance and inclusion is all about.

So that is why I want to inspire all of you – let’s get involved, stop the bullying, do everything that we can.

So thank you for watching and thank you for listening.”

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

Written by mark@mlode.com