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Texas legislature approves bill to improve school bullying-prevention policies

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Texas legislature on Thursday gave final approval on a bill designed to crack down on bullying and require schools to have improved bullying-prevention policies.

The measure, which will ramp up preventative programs to curb bullying in Texas schools, had been a legislative priority for a number of parent and school groups. They cite a disturbing rise of cyberbullying in recent years as more students got access to electronic devices and cell phones.

Under the bill, school districts will have to adopt policies to curb the problem. Victims can ask for and receive a transfer to another school, and confirmed bullies would be transfered to another classroom or school.

The mother and stepfather of 13-year-old Houston student, Asher Brown, stood and hugged each other in the Senate gallery when the bill was passed in that chamber on Monday. Asher, a victim of anti-gay bullying, killed himself in September 2010.

The bill returned to the House on Thursday for approval of routine technical amendments, and now heads to Gov. Rick Perry to be signed into law.

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5 more reader comments:

  1. i hope the schools comply.

    Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 4:22am
  2. …while I believe this is a monumental step forward for Texas in an effort to stop bullying in the schools…I think there is still a great deal of work to go in the over-all treatment of homosexuals by the public… ;OP

    Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 4:24am
  3. Finally something good that comes out of this state.

    Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 4:42am
  4. Its about time Texas does somthing about this. Now they just need to jump on supporting same sex partnerships.

    Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 6:14am
  5. The bullies had better be punished accordingly! This bigotry has got to stop, full stop!

    Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 6:17am