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Barack Obama confesses he was bullied as kid

US President Barack Obama has said he faced bullying as kid and was taunted over his big ears and unusual name.



Washington: US President Barack Obama has
said he faced bullying as kid and was taunted over his big
ears and unusual name.

"I have to say with big ears and the name that I have,
I wasn`t immune. I didn`t emerge unscathed," Obama said while
opening in the White House a summit on preventing bullying
yesterday.

"Bullying isn`t a problem that makes headlines every
day, but every day it touches the lives of people all across
the country," Obama said as the White House released figures
to say that nearly a third of school children or 13 million
students were bullied each year in America.

Obama set a goal of dispelling bullying from all
educational institutions and said schools should join efforts
against bullying.

"If there is one goal of this conference, it is to
dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of
passage or an inevitable part of growing up," Obama said.

"It`s not. Bullying can have destructive consequences
for our young people."

The president stressed that kids, parents and schools
shouldn`t approach bullying as business-as-usual and recalled
writing about his own sometimes difficult childhood in Hawaii
in Indonesia.

First Lady Michelle Obama joined her husband in
stressing that bullying should be banished from schools. She
quoted some high-profile cases from media saying that bullying
had even led to suicide among kids.

The day-long conference included sessions and
discussions on cyberbullying, campus bullying and pioneering
new programmes to combat harassment of school children.

PTI

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