Representative Robert Nardolillo III. Announces 3rd Annual Bow Ties Against Bullying Campaign at the State House

Donations to Support the Community Against Bullying in Schools

STATE HOUSE — Representative Robert A. Nardolillo III. (R-District 28 Coventry)
invites all legislators, staff and pages to support the 3rd annual «Bow Ties Against
Bullying» campaign by wearing a bow tie or scarf to the State House on Thursday, May
11th, 2017. Representative Nardolillo will donate $10.00 to CABINS (Community
Against Bullying in Schools) for each Representative who participates in this worthy
cause.

CABINS (Cabinsri.org) formed after a Rhode Island teenager committed suicide after
being bullied by classmates. On June 13, 2006, 16-year-old Jeffrey Michalenka took
his life after an upsetting day at school. Months later, a group of concerned moms
and dads from Lincoln, Rhode Island formed CABINS to combat bullying. In 2010 and
2011, CABINS teamed up with the 3rd Eye Youth Crime Watch through the Rhode Island
Attorney General’s Office and funded middle and high school conferences to overcome
bullying. Hundreds of students and teachers attended and created workshops to
empower crime victims in various modes.

«CABINS is a wonderful organization and I am proud to join them in the fight to end
bullying, and I encourage my colleagues in the General Assembly to participate along
with me,» said Rep. Nardolillo. «Too many times, we have seen bullying, a
destructive form of intimidation, lead to teen suicide. I hope this campaign, for
the third straight year, brings additional awareness to this very real problem.»

He added, «Bow Ties Against Bullying is a great way to show Rhode Island and Rhode
Island teenagers, that lawmakers are united in combatting bullying, which
unnecessarily claims lives. One life lost, is too many.»

CABINS provides workshops about bully awareness and prevention. For more
information on CABINS, please visit http://cabinsri.org

Photos will be taken on the House floor on Thursday. «I hope to see a sea of bow
ties and scarves in support of this important fundraising effort to fight bullying,»
said Rep. Nardolillo.