The mayor of a small California town is under fire after saying that bullied children “just have to grow a pair, and stick up for them damn selves” to not be bullied. Porterville Mayor Cameron Hamilton‘s comments came during a city council meeting just before a group of school children were scheduled to speak to the council about their idea of establishing bully-free zones to respond to bullying in their school.
“I’m against bullying, but I’m getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything, and the ills of the world,” Mayor Hamilton said during the May 6 meeting. “All most people just have to grow a pair, and stick up for them damn selves.”
“It’s hard to just grow a pair when you’re a 10 year old girl,” Councilwoman Virginia Gurrola told the mayor.
“Then maybe the other 10-year olds that think they want to stop bullying will stand up for her, instead of a safe zone and a placard and a bunch of training that goes on,” Hamilton replied.
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KFSN reports that “Councilwoman Gurrola proposed city support of ‘Safe Zones,’ an effort by teen students to designate off-campus locations for kids to get help dealing with bullies after school. But with the Mayor’s remarks and those of some council members expressing concern over the group’s possible message of ‘propaganda’ members of Gay Porterville are feeling attacked.”
Porterville is no stranger to anti-LGBT intimidation, attacks, and bias.
Just last year, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported, the city council voted to throw then-mayor Virginia Gurrola out of office after she issued a proclamation declaring June as LGBT Pride month.
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