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.
Radio Iowa contributed story