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  • I want to take a moment to address a situation

  • that has become a talking point in this communitiy

  • over the past week and especially on Facebook

  • that centers around me. On Friday, I received the following

  • email from a Lacrosse man with the subject line, "Community Responsibility", and it reads as follows

  • *Hi Jennifer, It's unusual that I see your morning show, but I*

  • *did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to*

  • *witness that your physical condition hasn't improved*

  • *for many years. Surely you don't consider yourself a *

  • *suitable example for this community's young people,*

  • *girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices*

  • *a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits*

  • *to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you'll*

  • *reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality*

  • *to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.*

  • Now, those of us in the media, we get a healthy dose of

  • critics from our viewers throughout the year, and we realize

  • that it comes with having a job in the public's eyes. But THIS

  • email was more than that. While I try my best to laugh off

  • the very hurtful attack on my appearance, my colleagues

  • could not do the same, especially my husband, our SIX and TEN anchor, Mike Thomson.

  • Mike posted this e-mail on his WKBT's Facebook page, and

  • what happened next has been truly inspiring. Hundred and

  • hundred of people have taken the time our of their days to

  • not only lift my spirit, but take a stand that attacks like this

  • are not OK. Now, we're going to have more on that in just a

  • second, but first the truth is I'm overweight. You could call

  • me fat and yes, even obese on a doctor's chart. But to the

  • person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don't know

  • that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that

  • I don't see? You don't know me, you are not a friend of

  • mine, you are not part of my family, and you have admitted

  • that you don't watch the show, so you know nothing about

  • me but what you see on the outside, and I'm much more

  • than a number on a scale. And here is what I want all of us

  • to learn something from this. If you didn't ready know,

  • October is National Anti-Bullying month, and this is

  • a problem that is growing every day in our schools

  • and on the internet. This is a major issue in the lives of

  • young people today. And as a mother of three young girls,

  • it scares me to death. Now, I'm a grown woman, and luckily

  • for me, I have a very thick skin literally...

  • as that e-mail pointed out and otherwise,

  • and that man's words mean nothing to me.

  • But what really angers me about this is there are children

  • who don't know better, who get e-mails as critical as the one

  • I receive or, in many cases, even worse, each and every

  • day. The internet has become a weapon; our schools have

  • become a battle-ground, and this behavior is learned,

  • it is passed down from people like the man who wrote me

  • that email. If you are at home, and you are talking about

  • the fat news lady, guess what, your children are probably

  • going to go to schools and call someone fat.

  • We need to teach our kids how to be kind, not critical;

  • and we need to do that by example. So many of you

  • have come to my defense over the past four days,

  • I'm literally overwhelmed by your words.

  • To my colleagues and my friends from today and

  • from years ago, my family, my amazing husband, and

  • to many of you out there that I probably will never have

  • the opportunities to meet, I will never be able to thank you

  • enough for your words of support, and for taking a stand

  • against this bully. We are better than that email.

  • We are better than the bully that was trying to take us down.

  • And I leave it with this, to all the children out there who feel

  • lost, who are struggling with your weight, with the color of

  • your skin, your sexual preference, your disability, even

  • the acne on your face, listen to me right now.

  • Do NOT let your self-worth be defined by bullies.

  • Learn from my experience that the cruel words of one are

  • nothing compared to the shouts of many. We'll be right back...

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CBS WKBT News Anchor's On-Air Response to Viewer Calling Her Fat (Oct. 2nd, 2012)

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