Whereas, we have a responsibility to safeguard our children and to strengthen our communities by drawing attention to the serious issues confronting children every day;

and Whereas, bullying is an increasingly significant problem for our children, taking many forms, including physical violence, verbal abuse, and online attacks;

and Whereas, up to 50% of children experience bullying during their school years and at least 10% suffer from bullying on a regular basis;

and Whereas, bullying interferes with childrent’s social and emotional development;

and Whereas, bullying can cause children to fear school, resulting in increased absenteeism, lower academic achievement, and the loss of self-esteem;

and Whereas, victims of continued bullying are at a greater risk to commit suicide;

and Whereas, bullies and those bullied are at a greater risk for substance abuse;

and Whereas, bullying is a preventable phenomenon that can be combated through increased awareness in our schools and communities;

and Whereas, it is imperative that we take action to keep our children physically and emotionally safe by Standing Up Against Bullying;

Now, therefore, I, Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, do hereby declare, November 14 as: Stand Up Against Bullying Day