ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – On Thursday, October 23, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the City’s new anti-bullying initiative – Stand Up Orlando. Joined by students from the After-School All-Stars program, Mayor Dyer introduced the community-wide campaign that will partner local organizations to provide year-round education to students, an outreach coordinator and increased awareness efforts.
Today, more than 1 in 4 students report being bullied throughout the school year. A 2012 study by the Center for Disease Control revealed that students who experience bullying are more likely to develop depression, anxiety and school adjustment behavioral issues, while those who bully are at an increased risk for substance use, academic problems and violence later in life and into adulthood.
“Orlando is becoming more diverse every day. We have to teach our young people the importance of celebrating diversity and respecting others who we see as different,” Mayor Dyer said.