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Star-studded anti-bullying campaign kicks off in WV

Star-studded anti-bullying campaign kicks off in WV

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The ACLU of West Virginia and Fairness West Virginia teamed up to produce a new Public Service Announcement in hopes to increase public education about the dangerous reality of bullying in West Virginia. The PSA, which is the capstone of "WV Bully Free," is narrated by West Virginia filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super size Me, Where in The World is Osama bin Laden) and recounts the real life experience of Matthew, a student from St. Albans, West Virginia.

More stories and the appeal to the youth and adults alike, will continue with this series.  WOWK can exclusively report that John Corbett of Sex in the City and Northern Exposure has agreed to star in this anti-bullying series.  This campaign not only attempts to appeal to people and their tolerance of gay, lesbian and transgendered West Virginians but it also is an attempt to get the legislature to act.  Efforts to pass legislation for anti-discrimination laws have failed or stalled in the WV House and Senate.

"Fairness West Virginia is so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the ACLU of West Virginia to loudly say to all children, parents, and educators of this state, bullying in our schools, on our playgrounds, and in our communities, is not acceptable anymore, for any reason including that which has been so viciously directed towards these kids who are or are perceived to be gay," said Fairness West Virginia Board President Dr. Coy Flowers. "All children, straight or gay, deserve to achieve an education safe from harm and free from bullying."

"With the passage of a new school board policy last December which allows for the documentation of bullying based on sexual orientation, we can now begin to honestly address the reality of LGBT bullying," said ACLU of WV Executive Director Benda Green. "Every student has the right to feel safe at school."

CLICK HERE to watch the "WV Bully Free" campaign.

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