First lady Melania Trump is making good on a promise she made earlier this year to combat childhood bullying, taking a surprise trip Monday to a middle school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a Detroit suburb.
Trump is bringing awareness to a problem that many children are confronted with on a daily basis. She gave brief remarks to students in the cafeteria, encouraging them to make new friends and get to know children outside of their social group. She then sat in on a sixth grade classroom discussion on social and emotional inclusion.
“I always believe that you need to treat each other with respect and kindness and compassion, but also stay true to yourself. Just listen to your heart, but be yourself,” the first lady told students in the classroom.
Speaking separately in the cafeteria, Trump urged students to find new friends to eat lunch with.
“Ask them what they like, what their hobbies are, so nobody becomes sad or stressed and everybody feels included,” she said. “I think it’s important that we choose kindness and compassion.”