Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Bullying is physical, verbal, sexual, or emotional harm or intimidation intentionally directed at a person or groups of people; and

Whereas Bullying occurs in neighborhoods, playgrounds and schools throughout the Commonwealth 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  youth in the United States each year, either as a bully or as a victim; and

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

Whereas The Governor’s Statewide Youth Council has led several important initiatives to raise public awareness and address the negative effects of bullying among the Commonwealth’s youth by encouraging their peers to eradicate the cultures of violence, stereotypes and discrimination,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2013,  to be

BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this seventeenth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


               
By His Excellency                                         
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth 
     

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts