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Local Politicians Show Support for Dearborn Anti-Bullying Program

Congressman John Dingell, state Sen. Morris Hood and Wayne County Commissioner Gary Woronchak attended an anti-bullying event in Dearborn Monday.

Debbie Dingell summed it up well: "We've all been bullied."

Local politicians—including Debbie's husband Congressman John Dingell, who is currently vying for his 30th term in the U.S. House of Representatives—came out Monday night in support of the Dearborn Public Schools' Anti-Bullying Extravaganza.

Officeholders—also including state Sen. Morris Hood and Wayne County Commissioner Gary Woronchak—said they felt it was important to support a cause so universal to all students, and their parents.

"I'm a parent," Rep. Dingell said before the event, held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. "I know what it does to kids, and I don't want it to happen anymore."

Dearborn's program, in place officially for two years, focuses on a community-wide effort to ending bullying among local youth.

Woronchak—who is also running for reelection to his seat on the Wayne County Commission—said that while it will take time to measure the results of Dearborn's program, any effort is worthwhile.

Woronchak was instrumental in securing funding for Dearborn's anti-bullying program.

"However we can raise awareness, I'm sure it will address the problem," he commented. "(Dearborn Public Schools) are taking it head on."

Sen. Hood agreed that "awareness is the key" to recognizing and ending bullying in schools, on the Internet and in communities.

"Sometimes kids are afraid to tell anyone," he added of bullying incidents. "They need to know they have somwhere to go ... that they have an outlet."

More: Watch video and see photos from Dearborn's 2012 Anti-Bullying Extravaganza

Salami October 02, 2012 at 11:07 AM
This is a great program. The one person that should have been there is the biggest bully in Dearborn, Jack O'Reilly. God forbid you don't agree with his point of view. I have seen him ridicule and embarrass residents when they question a bone head policy of his. How sad!!
Daniel R. Hawkins October 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Are you kidding me. Anti- bullying , give me a break our society is becoming a mamby- pamby mess. Parents be parents teach good moral character to your children, schools well they just suck, remove your child from public schools and churches be a voice of right in your community. Politics as no place here and politicians promoting such laws need a swift kick. Wake up use common sense .
Dearborn Taxpayer October 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Hopefully these lifetime politicians will practice what they preach and stop bullying taxpayers into acceptance of excessive government spending, higher tax rates, and even corruption as we have experienced here in Wayne County.

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