More than half of the country’s teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber-bullying. Today on River To River, a discussion on bullying in Iowa. Host Ben Kieffer hears the story of a young Iowan who was bullied, who now uses that experience to help others going through the same. Jacob Stallman is a 17-year-old Tipton resident who was named the 2013 Spirit of Matthew Award winner by the Matthew Shepard Foundation for his community work to overcome bullying and homophobia.
In the second half of the program, Ben hosts a roundtable discussion on the ideas and proposals put forth by the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit. Included in the discussion are: Warren Blumenfeld, former Associate Professor at Iowa State University; Gabriella Van Rij, an international activist, author, and public speaker located in the Quad Cities; and Rep. Chris Hall, state representative for Sioux City's House District 13.