Department of Education holds school bullying summit

August 11, 2010 12:13:10 PM PDT
The nation's education secretary calls school bullying an absolute travesty.

The Department of Education held its first ever Bullying Summit on Capitol Hill. Secretary Arne Duncan says school safety is both a moral issue, and a practical one.

"A school where children don't feel safe, is a school where children struggle to learn. It is a school where kids will drop out, tune out, and get depressed," said Duncan.

Secretary Duncan says his department is launching a pilot program that will provide federal money to schools deemed to have the worst bullying problems.