PTA kicks off Cincinnati convention with town hall on bullying
Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
3:46 AM, Jun 21, 2013
CINCINNATI - The National Parent Teachers Association kicked off its 117th annual convention Thursday with a special town hall meeting in downtown Cincinnati that focused on putting an end to bullying at schools.
Among those in attendance for Day 1 of the four-day event at the Duke Energy Convention Center was Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who wants to address the fact that one out of every seven students has either been bullied or responsible for bullying a fellow student.
"I think far too many kids think they are the only ones being bullied," said Duncan, adding that no child should have to feel that way or like they have no one to whom they can turn. "Bullying is far more pervasive than anyone realizes and the biggest message is you are not alone. You have to break through (to them)."
Earlier in the day Sec. Duncan was in Middletown to learn about the efforts to advance early childhood education in that school district.
More than 1,000 attendees representing PTA's nearly 25,000 units across the country will attend the event which runs through Sunday.
This convention will offer a wide variety of high-quality workshops with valuable information, ideas and resources for PTA members to take back to their schools and communities.
The Keynote Speaker is Erin Gruwell of the Freedom Writers Foundation. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will also speak during the event.