Anti-Bullying Bill: On to the Governor

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We are happy to report that the Texas House tonight gave final passage to House Bill 1942, which requires public school districts to adopt policies to protect students from bullying. Religious-right groups had opposed the bill’s passage. Here are some highlights from HB 1942:

  • The bill defines bullying in Chaper 37 (Discipline) of the Texas Education Code,
  • It updates the definition of bullying to include that through electronic means (cyberbullying),
  • It provides for the transfer of the student who engages in bullying. Currently, only the target of bullying may be transferred.
  • It allows staff development to include training on preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying.
  • It mandates that each board of trustees of each school district adopt a policy, including any necessary procedures, to address the prevention, investigation and reporting of incidents of bullying.

The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.

One Response to “Anti-Bullying Bill: On to the Governor”

  1. David Says:

    The religious right opposed anti-bullying legislation. No surprise there. Bullying is one of their most important tactics. It was when I was going to high school back in the early ’70’s. The “Fellowship of Christian Athletes” bullied people that didn’t join their group. Like me.

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