Mother Of Springfield Bullying Victim Speaks With ObamaPlay
One person with intimate knowledge of the destructive consequences of bullying is Sirdeaner Walker.
Walker's 11-year-old son, Carl Walker-Hoover, committed suicide in 2009 after he was bullied at the Springfield charter school where he had been a sixth grader.
With her son very much on her mind, Walker attended a White House conference Thursday that focused on bullying prevention — and she met beforehand with President and Mrs. Obama. The president mentioned Carl in his speech at the conference, saying, "No child should ever feel that alone."
Walker spoke with WBUR's All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer about her conversation with the president and about the anti-bullying initiatives discussed at the conference.
This program aired on March 10, 2011.