Here is more detail from Fort Worth city councilman Joel Burns about his Thursday trip to the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.
In an interview with McClatchy Washington Bureau reporter Maria Recio, Burns said it was a "wonderful day."
“It’s a reminder that everyone, especially our children, deserves to be treated fairly,” Burns told Recio.
After an East Room event with the president and first lady, Burns attended breakout sessions with children who have experienced bullying and their parents.
“It was a pretty poignant thing,” said Burns, who said he spoke very little about his own experiences from anti-gay slurs and violence. “I thought their stories were more poignant than mine.”
Burns gained national attention last year when he gave an emotional speech about being bullied as a youngster during a Fort Worth council meeting.