The Porterville, Calif. City Council recently discussed an anti-bullying "Safe Zone" that was proposed by some local school kids.
While the city council initially supported the idea, Porterville Mayor Cameron Hamilton seemed to blame the victims of bullying during the May 6th meeting, reports ABC30.com.
"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."
Councilwoman Virginia Gurrola countered, "It's hard to just grow a pair when you're a 10-year-old girl."
Mayor Hamilton fired back, "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."
According to VisaliaTimesDelta.com, some of the city council members did a Google search on "Safe Zone" and were concerned when results included programs that mentioned the gay community.
"It's an opportunity for the community to come together, as a whole, and say that we're not going to take this bullying in our town," said gay activist Melissa McMurrey. "Until they, as city leaders, take a stand against this type of behavior it's just going to continue to parade through city council chambers."