Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bill strengthening bullying law passes first step in Hartford

The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) March 23, 2011

"A bill to strengthen the state law against bullying in school, including bullying over the Internet, passed the General Assembly’s Education Committee late this afternoon.
The bill, which still must be voted on by the full General Assembly, increases the responsibility of school administrators to prevent bullying and to appoint a safe school environment specialist to report and investigate incidents of bullying.
'It is a substantial problem,' said state Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven. 'It’s one that we know that often preys on the minds of children so they can become paralyzed with fear and dread.'
Looney and state Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, co-chairwoman of the Education Committee, introduced the bill.
One of its most important aspects is 'the expansion of the definition of bullying to include cyber-bullying' outside of school, Looney said. Also, 'school employees will now be required to report the incident within one day' after it is observed or reported, he said." Read More

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