President Obama Wants National Safe Schools Act

Talk about a timely announcement. Following a screening of the controversial documentary film Bully at the White House today--on the 17th annual Day of Silence--President Obama endorsed the Safe Schools Improvement Act and Student Non-Discrimination Act.

"The President and his Administration have taken many steps to address the issue of bullying," according to the White House's official statement. "He is proud to support the Student Non-Discrimination Act, introduced by Senator [Al] Franken and Congressman [Jared] Polis, and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, introduced by Senator [Bob] Casey and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez. These bills will help ensure that all students are safe and healthy and can learn in environments free from discrimination, bullying, and harassment."

The president was asked to support the bill in letter sent last month by 70 organizations. Right the Student Non-Discrimination Act, or SDNA, has about a third of the Senate signed up as co-sponsors.