WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says torment and intimidation must not be tolerated in the nation's schools.
The president and first lady Michelle hosted a White House conference on bullying today. Obama said the goal is "to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage."
The White House says some 13 million students, about a third of all those attending school, are bullied every year. Experts say victims are at greater risk of falling behind in their studies, abusing drugs or alcohol, or suffering mental or other health problems.
Obama acknowledged that he was once a target of school-yard harassment because of his large ears and funny name.
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