Special Needs Parent Hopeful First Lady Melania Trump Will Help Curb Bullying
First Lady Melania Trump has talked about setting an anti-bullying campaign when her husband was running for U.S. president. A special needs parent is hoping now that she has an important role in the White House, Trump will make good on her word for the sake of the parent's children with autism and other families.
Shea Harley is a single father who has two daughters with autism. The family hails from South Carolina, which ranks as the 9th state to have a high incidence of bullying in schools, according to WBTV.
Harley is always concerned things will escalate with her daughters especially since "they don't know how to handle some of the social cues." The father told the news outlet that there was an incident just before the holidays that he still hasn't gotten answers about. For now, he's putting his complete trust on the school district to protect his kids.
Suicide among children and young adults from the ages of 10 to 24 is high in the United States, according to a CDC report. Many of these have been triggered by bullying.
"Our culture has gotten too mean and too violent," Trump lamented during election season, according to MSNBC. Addressing the crowd at Pennsylvania, Trump said she will make bullying and cyberbullying her advocacy if she were to become America's First Lady.
Trump's agenda is fueled by the fact she has a 10-year-old son, Barron, who has already been the subject of such a deplorable act. "We need to teach our youth American values: kindness, honesty, respect, compassion, charity, understanding, cooperation," the first lady said.
Critics of the Donald Trump, however, can't seem to reconcile the new FLOTUS' advocacy due to her husband's behavior. When Melania spoke about kindness and respect, others pointed a finger at Donald for showing a lack of these values.