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Mill Valley sisters saluted by Obama for anti-bullying message

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sarah and Emily Buder

President Barack Obama saluted two sisters from Mill Valley during Thursday morning's anti-bullying summit at the White House.

Sarah and Emily Buder wrote a letter of support to a girl in Novato named Olivia. Olivia's classmates teased her after she suffered an epileptic seizure in class. Olivia ended up getting thousands of support letters; many of them have been compiled in a book. More than 150 students, parents, and educators took part in the day's summit.

"As parents and students, as teachers and as members of the community, we can take steps -- all of us -- to help prevent bullying and help create a climate in our schools in which all of our children can feel safe," said Obama.

The White House says one-third of the nation's students have been bullied. Bullying has gained greater attention recently, in part, because many students have been harassed through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Online: www.stopbullying.gov

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