Today, the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus was launched by Chairman Mike Honda (D-CA). The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL).
Look, I was a Puerto Rican kid in Chicago and then, after my family moved, I was an American kid in Puerto Rico, so I stood out wherever I was when I was a kid. So I know what bullying feels like. And wherever a kid or a grown-up stands out and is just a little bit different -- or people think they are just a little bit different -- then we need to be aware of the potential for bullying and help people when they are the targets.
We also need to educate people who might potentially be bullies and steer their energy or their anger or their misunderstandings away from violence and intimidation.
From our offices in Congress, we can be helpful in lifting up the bullying issue and making people pay attention. Where there are laws that could help -- or where laws are making it harder for people to help -- we can work on making it better.
I joined the House Anti-Bullying Caucus because it is the right thing to do. I think we need to shine a light on the problem and if joining my friend Mike Honda on the Caucus helps do that, then I am all in. We all need to join together in this effort, regardless of who we are or where we live and that's why I'm joining the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus.