A high school girl will be among a group of young people and parents sharing their suggestions on how to prevent bullying with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Kimiko Nishitsuji, a 17-year-old, was chosen to attend the conference after being featured in several articles and making an online video for the Make it Better Project.
She was bullied when she attended middle school, and said stopping bullying needs to start with the adults. “I’m really excited,” Gabrielino High School junior Kimiko Nishitsuji told reporters. “I feel it’s a great opportunity to spread awareness on such a huge scale of the seriousness of these problems and how much it affects youth.”
The meeting is being held in connection with the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, which the Obamas will then speak at in the East Room. The conference will also include Secretary of Heath and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius fielding online questions on bullying prevention and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaking on a national conference call with reporters and at the conference’s wrap-up session.