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Sumner Redstone Donates $100,000 to Fight Bullying in LA Schools

Sumner Redstone
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The Viacom and CBS Corp. executive chairman has also supported a range of health and other educational charities.

The Sumner Redstone Charitable Foundation has donated $100,000 to help fight bullying and violence in LA schools.

The contribution from the executive chairman and controlling shareholder of CBS Corp. and Viacom to the Safe to Talk Fund will help place anonymous texting service SchoolTipline in schools in the LA Unified School District. The fund is focused on decreasing bullying, violence, crime and suicide in schools through education and services.

"I have always believed that a quality education is one of the most important contributors to success in life," said Sumner Redstone. "That is why I am very pleased to support SchoolTipline and the LA Unified Schools District in their mission to foster a safe schools, and give young people the chance to get the education they deserve, in a supportive environment, free of bullying and violence."

The LA Unified Schools District has more than 900,000 enrolled students at more than 1,200 schools and education centers.

“The LA Unified School District represents the thousands of school districts spread across the United States, plagued by bullying, aggressive behavior and students struggling with how to respond,” said SchoolTipline CEO Kevin Santiago. "Using our technology we are able to provide a solution to students and administrators giving them a response channel that acts quickly and effectively. Our goal is to be able to provide the same opportunity, the same channel, to every other school district in the nation."

According to the National Education Association, 160,000 students skip classes each day because they fear physical harm, and nearly as many of their classmates are bringing guns to school.

Redstone has also financially supported such charities as A Place Called Home, Autism Speaks, FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center, Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

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