Last year, Debbie Johnston’s son committed suicide after years of being bullied and teased by classmates. Johnston has worked with state lawmakers to craft stronger laws on bullying. It would require school districts to punish students who bully others and set state standards on bullying. The measure has sailed through the House...but Johnston says the State Senate hasn’t set a hearing date. She says the bill is needed...and now!
“Kids do better in school when they feel safe. Problems addressed early on cost a lot less to fix then problems that later go on to be a lifelong pattern of abuse.”
Johnston says some lawmakers mistakenly think the anti-bullying bill discriminates against some students.
Governor Jeb Bush says he supports the measure and met with Johnston about it last month.
Saturday, May 18th
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