Advocacy · Caleb Laieski · Prevent Suicide

Teen Anti-Bullying Activist Takes on Congress, Meets Over 200 Members and Staff

Laieski met with over 200 congressional offices in 22 days. Laieski told his own story to the legislators and also produced national statistics on dropout rates and the number of weapons in schools. He says he found 24 politicians who agreed to support the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which was reintroduced in the Senate in March. If passed, the bill would require schools to adopt codes of conduct prohibiting harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and would also call for districts to report bullying data to the Department of Education.

In the course of his meetings, Caleb Laieski met House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services. Laieski calls both women “nice and adorable,” and Sebelius was so impressed with the activist that she included him in her speech at the first Federal LGBT Youth Summit. That honor likely helped secure Laieski’s invitation to the White House.



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