Obama moved to action by fifth-grader's letter

July 20, 2010 9:45:09 AM PDT
A Philadelphia fifth-grader took her fight against bullying all the way to the White House and President Obama listened.

In Jaunary, 11-year-old Ziainey Stokes wrote a letter to the president explaining how she had been getting bullied at her former school nearly every day.

"She took my lunch, my sandwich that my mom would make me, my fruit cup, juices and she take my hot Cheetos," she said. "Every day, she would ask, 'Did I get any mail?' And, her sisters would say, 'He's not writing you back. He got other things to do.'"

That letter, signed by President Obama, finally came in March. In it, the president thanked her for sharing her story and encouraged her to speak with her teachers about being bullied.

Ziainey wants to talk to schools about bullying. She has since transferred to another school.


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