The “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Old Town Road” remix singer shared news of the visit with his more than 1.6 million Twitter followers on Tuesday, writing:
What an honor to sit w/The First Lady at the White House. @FLOTUS Your sincerity was truly inspiring. You/your team were so engaged to Channing’s grieving father & brother & brought ideas/strategy to make the world a safer better place for the youth in America #JusticeForChanning pic.twitter.com/U7Pt6qTXzD
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) November 19, 2019
Tennessee teenager Channing Smith reportedly killed himself in September after finding out that sexually explicit messages between him and another boy had allegedly been posted on social media by some of his classmates. Cyrus, 58, had performed at a memorial service for the 16-year-old.
The first lady called Smith’s death “tragic,” and noted her work against cyberbullying in a Twitter post:
Highlighting online safety is one of my #BeBest priorities. Yesterday, @billyraycyrus introduced me to the Smith family to hear about the tragic loss of their loved one from cyberbullying. Teaching positive online behaviors can ensure a safer future for our children. pic.twitter.com/3p4HfdRtTX
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 19, 2019
When she launched her wide-ranging, child-focused “Be Best” initiative last year, Trump said the campaign would focus on well-being, social media and opioid abuse.