Small-town mayor says bullying victims might “just have to grow a pair”

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The mayor of a small town in California says he is against bullying, but that he’s also against the issue becoming one that is the moral and financial responsibility of the city government.

Mayor Cameron Hamilton made his remarks at a recent Porterville City Council meeting, during discussion of an idea to create an anti-bullying “safe zone” proposed by some middle school kids according to ABC affiliate KFSN.

Councilwoman Virginia Gurrola proposed city support for the safe zones proposal, designating off-campus locations for kids seeking after-school help dealing with bullies.

“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,” said Mayor Hamilton. “All most people just have to grow a pair, and stick up for them damn selves.”

When Councilwoman Gurrola said that was tough to do for a 10-year-old girl, Hamilton stood his ground.

“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 said.

In the end, the council voted in favor of creating safe zones, but their mayor voted against the item.

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