Governor Terry Branstad has announced the creation of a new resource for Iowa kids who're being bullied or contemplating suicide. The "Your Life Iowa" website and phone line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Kids can even send a text to get help.
It's a joint project of two state agencies -- the Departments of Public Health and Education -- and Omaha based Boys Town. Tuesday is its first day of operation -- to coincide with the statewide bullying prevention summit in Des Moines.
Branstad says Iowa schools can't solve the problem of bullying alone -- they need the support of the entire community.
Around 1,200 students, educators and parents attended the Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit at the Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. Many of the attendees were high school students including a small group from Davenport Central High School wearing blue capes with a red "H" in the middle.
Senior Dylan Carr is one of the school's "Heroes in the Hallway":
Sioux City School Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman was among the speakers at the event.
DR. STEVEN MEYER IS PREPARING FOR HIS 28TH TRIP TO THE AFRICAN NATION OF TANZANIA IN JANUARY. THE LOCAL ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON CREATED "STEMM" THE SIOUXLAND TANZANIAN EDUCATION AND MEDICAL MINISTRY 16 YEARS AGO.
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