August 6, 2009
>Sirdeaner Walker Discusses AAP’s New Youth Violence Policy Statement on NPR’s Here and Now
>Sirdeaner Walker, who testified last month on Capitol Hill in favor of the Safe Schools Improvement Act, appeared on NPR’s Here and Now yesterday to talk about a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics that encourages pediatricians to play a more active role in bullying prevention.
Walker’s 11-year-old son, Carl Walker-Hoover, died by suicide in April after enduring constant bullying at school, including being called “gay” and “fag” by his peers despite the fact that Carl did not identify as gay. Carl would have turned 12 on the National Day of Silence on April 17 when hundreds of thousands of students took a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender bullying.
The AAP’s new policy statement debunks the ridiculous claim made by opponents of anti-bullying policies that kids will be kids and bullying is somehow beneficial for students like Carl to experience.