Michele Bachmann, Republican presidential candidate, is not talking about the bullying of gay teens in her district.

On Friday, CBS News reported that Minnesota resident Alex Limon asked the Minnesota Congresswoman what she intends to do about the bullying.

“That's not a federal issue,” Bachmann answered at a rally in Costa Mesa, California.

Over the past two years, nine teens in the Anoka-Hennepin school district have committed suicide, including 15-year-old Justin Aaberg, who hanged himself last July after suffering years of anti-gay harassment.

The Anoka-Hennepin school district, which is located in Bachmann's congressional district, has been been criticized for its “neutrality policy” on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. The policy, critics say, foments a hostile environment for gay youth or teens perceived to be gay.

On Thursday, Tammy Aaberg, Justin Aaberg's mother, met with Bachmann staffers to discuss the issue. Tammy and five others delivered a petition signed by more than 130,000 people from around the country urging the congresswoman to denounce anti-gay bullying in her district.

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