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Diane Allen Signs on to “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” Legislation as Prime Sponsor

October 26, 2010

Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen, a member of the Senate Education Committee, issued the following statement regarding the “Anti-Bullying Bill Of Rights” legislation that she prime sponsored today:

“Nearly ten years ago, when I introduced my first anti-bullying bill, people said it wasn’t needed. Recent events have clearly demonstrated that the naysayers were wrong.

“The bill that was signed into law in May of 2002, after more than a year of debate, was groundbreaking in its scope and intent. Sadly, the original bill didn’t do everything that we hoped it would; stronger legislation was clearly needed.

“This new bill will go a long way towards changing attitudes that ‘kids will be kids.’ Speaker Oliver put it very well at a press conference today when she stated that the old saying was ‘sticks and stones will break my bones—but names will never hurt me.’ But names do hurt, leaving scars that last well into adulthood.

“I have been contacted by many parents with concerns that their local schools were unresponsive to complaints about bullying. This is clearly unacceptable.

“Under the new legislation schools will be rated on how well incidents of bullying are handled. This will lead to safer schools and kids ready to learn in an environment where bullying is no longer tolerated. This ‘Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights’ will give educators, students and parents the tools they need to keep our child safe from harassment and bullying.”

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