HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Governor Nikki Haley will visit Hartsville Middle School Monday, January 27, as a stop on her Anti-Bullying Tour. During the program, Governor Haley will talk to the students about bullying, share an anti-bullying video, and participate in a Q&A with the students.
The visit will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the school auditorium.
Haley, the state's first female and first Indian-American governor, has stated that she was bullied as young child. "I grew up in a small town where we were the only Indian family, and I was bullied because they didn't know if I was black or if I was white," she said. "All I knew was I was Indian. I was brown; and I was bullied because I wouldn't take a side… so I told my parents and my parents talked to the teachers, and we ended up educating the class. Today, we're all good friends. But what I learned was to be strong and to speak up."
Her anti-bullying campaign, called "Cool Kids Don't Bully," is part of the governor's promotion of safe, positive schools. The campaign also seeks to raise awareness of bullying's negative effects on a child's health and learning.
According to Stop Bullying Now 2013, about 160,000 children miss school every day because of fear. One out of seven students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
The new campaign aims to stop the bullying plague, across South Carolina. Governor Haley's personal message to the students is "cool kids don't bully," a signature theme that has become an area of emphasis. Her passion for putting a stop to bullying in and out of school is apparent as she encourages students to do their part.