May 4, 2010 by Post Team
The bill attacks intimidation that starts just with words. A section devoted to exactly define exactly what bullying is, setting the stage for other legislation to stop working.
Monday months of heated debates, emotional appeals, and dozens of amendments were put on paper.
The bill was unanimously approved by state lawmakers last week, and has been the mission of Western Mass and a mother that her son killed himself last year. Was next to the governor as he signed the bill today.
Sirdeaner Walker, Bully victim’s mother says: “I will continue this work in order to ensure that no other child has to endure what my son went through, and that no other family has to suffer as mine has” .
All members of the school staff are required to report any instances of harassment are aware of, and schools should be investigated, and then notify the parents of both the aggressor and the victim. Sirdeaner Walker never says anything happened when her son was attacked. And, if deemed appropriate, the school should also contact law enforcement.
Gov. Deval Patrick (D) of Massachusetts, said: “Ultimately, it sends a message to every district, every school and classroom in this community, that every child deserves a school environment free of harassment and abuse.”
Schools are now required to implement plans against harassment and instruction, and establishes minimum standards for what schools have to include. It also makes sure to address the issue of cyber-bullying.
James Welch, (D) State Representative, says: “There’s a bully in the schoolyard, the person at the end of the computer often sends something very nasty in cyberspace about someone and reach so many people so quickly. ”
When the harassment is serious enough to constitute criminal action, the law describes sanctions as well. For example, if the conduct is considered harassment: up to five years in prison and a thousand dollars in fines.
expect a harsh measure, but one everyone involved that our classrooms safer.
Sirdeaner Walker, Bully victim’s mother says: “And this would be the legacy of Carl, that this law against harassment is underway in our state, and our children will be safe.
The bill also directs the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide school districts with a no cost method to comply with this requirement.
Schools are expected to have policies in place at the beginning of next school year.
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