When West Philadelphia 5th grader Ziainey Stokes wrote to President Obama about her years of being bullied at school, she wasn’t expecting a response. But she would receive a letter from the President, expressing his sympathy for her plight. As reported by Anne Grant for NBC Philadelphia:
In the letter, Mr. Obama thanked Ziainey for bringing attention to the issue of bullying.
“Your letter demonstrates a desire to change the culture of your classroom as well as your community,” he wrote.
The letter also ended with a promise: “You deserve a safe, engaging, and enjoyable classroom, and together we will strive to make this a reality.”
Why not the workplace?
I’m delighted that a child’s experience of school bullying prompted such a great response from the President. We must also strive to make our elected officials feel the same way about workplace bullying. To paraphrase President Obama, don’t we all deserve a safe, engaging, and enjoyable place to work?