Monday, November 16, 2009

Proposed Bullying Prevention Legislation

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that "After years of delays, the Legislature appears poised to crack down on bullying among schoolchildren."  A hearing will be held tomorrow on a bill sponsored by Rep. John Rogers, H483: An Act Relative to the Prevention of Bullying.  The proposed law would require all school districts to "adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination..., harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying," based on a model policy that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education would create. The Joint Committee on Education will be holding the hearing on the bill tomorrow at 1:00 PM in Hearing Room A1. More information on bullying is available at Mass. Law About Bullying and Cyberbullying.