Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Poke in the metaphorical eye for Bullying

Minnesota has come more fully into the 21st century with an anti-bullying bill that passed the state legislature today.  Provisions address not only what takes place on school grounds, during school hours, but of students bullied through social media by fellow students.

Governor Dayton has announced he will sign it later today.

Conservatives hate it; they want to be able to continue gender and sexual orientation (real or just suspected) because Jesus loves bullying / religious belief.

From the STrib:
The Minnesota House passed a bill aimed at toughening the state's anti-bullying law by a vote of 69-63 early Wednesday.
The bill - the Safe and Supportive Schools Act - defines bullying, in part, as behavior that causes physical harm or fear of physical harm and "constitutes intentional infliction of emotional distress."
"This provides a strong set of tools to create a strong local anti-bullying policy and create safe educational climates in Minnesota," said Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis, the bill's sponsor.
The measure already has cleared the Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign the bill into law in a public ceremony at 4 p.m. today on State Capitol steps.
The bill would require school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy but omits details on what the policy should contain.

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