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Black Eyed Peas producer supports new ‘bullyproof’ initiative by ABA Young Lawyers (see the video)

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Black Eyed Peas producer supports new ‘bullyproof’ initiative by ABA Young Lawyers (see the video)

Oct 10, 2013, 06:00 am CDT

A songwriter and producer for the Black Eyed Peas is supporting a new anti-bullying initiative by the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

The one-year public service project to prevent bullying is called “bullyproof,” according to a press release.

Songwriter and musician Printz Board narrates a YLD video that also includes clips of President Barack Obama discussing the issue. Among those who confess on the video to being bullied as a child are Vice President Biden, who says he was ridiculed for a stuttering problem, and YLD chair Mario Sullivan, who says he was “taunted and teased” because he wasn’t like everyone else. “So I did think about suicide,” Sullivan says, and he came close to taking his own life.

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According to the video, victims of bullying are up to nine times more likely to think about suicide.

The bullyproof initiative has three pillars. They are:

• Outreach: Going to schools to talk about the problem with administrators, teachers and students.

• Programming: Posting information on the YLD website to help lawyers who are representing schools, students or bullies.

• Best practices: Tools and materials to help young lawyers lobby for laws and policies that help fight bullying in schools and cyberbullying.

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