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Phoenix-area teen invited to White House for anti-bullying post

PHOENIX — A teenage girl from a Phoenix suburb whose emotional video denouncing bullies went viral has been invited to the White House.

Kalani Goldberg, 13, of Gilbert, grabbed national attention after she posted a video on Facebook crying as she repeated schoolmates’ insults hurled at her. Goldberg had stuck Post-It notes with the hurtful words written on them all over her upper body.

Goldberg’s plea in February to treat each other with kindness was shared on social media until her mother, Regina Goldberg, made it private.

Regina believes that the positive feedback Kalani has received in response to the video has given her more courage. Her story has been featured in multiple news stories across the world.

The publicity led to an invitation from first lady Melania Trump to the White House to help her kick start an initiative to honor and support children.

Trump will kick off her children’s initiative May 7. The initiative is expected to take a holistic approach to well-being of children including not only cyber-bullying but nutrition, drug abuse, safety and education.

Goldberg was also recognized by the mayor of Gilbert, Jenn Daniels when the city created a #HaveCourageBeKind day in honor of Kalani’s video post.

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