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Anchorwoman slams viewer for letter: Do you think she was bullied?

Posted by Kristi Palma  October 3, 2012 07:19 AM

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Jennifer Livingston, a Wisconsin anchor, fought back against an email from a viewer calling her a bad role model because of her weight.

"Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people" the viewer said in the letter.

Livingston addressed the letter on the air and used the opportunity to send a message about bullying.

"To all of the children out there who feel lost, who are struggling with your weight....do not let your self worth be defined by bullying," she said into the camera.

The man who wrote the email to Livingston, Kenneth Krause, is saying his letter has nothing to do with bullying, reports the Associated Press. He said it's about presenting and promoting a healthy lifestyle to kids.

Livingston said people are using the Internet as a weapon. And, while she may have a thick skin because her job is so public, many children bullied in this way do not.

"October is national anti-bullying month and this is a problem that is growing every day in our schools and on the Internet," Livingston said. "It is a major issue in the lives of young people today and as the mother of three young girls, it scares me to death."

Read more about the story in this Associated Press report.

What do you think of the letter? Do you think Livingston was bullied? Are you afraid your child will be bullied online?

If you are worried about your kids and cyberbullying, find out how the state is addressing it in our chat with Melissa K. Holt, an assistant professor in counseling psychology at Boston University.

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