Patrick calls for a state antibullying day

Governor Deval Patrick has designated Jan. 25 as “No Name Calling Day,’’ part of the state’s efforts to combat bullying in public schools. Students will be urged to sign a pledge against name-calling and are encouraged to wear black that day to symbolize their commitment to “Black Out Bullying.’’ Legislation signed by Patrick in 2010 included a provision for a ‘No Name Calling Day.’’ The law requires school districts to develop antibullying strategies. It was enacted after the high-profile case of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old Irish immigrant who hanged herself after South Hadley classmates taunted her when she dated a popular boy. (AP)