Debating Anti-Bullying Policies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan lawmakers again are debating legislation aimed at requiring public schools to adopt and implement policies prohibiting bullying or harassment at schools.
The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing details about an anti-bullying proposal Tuesday.
The policies would cover actions on school property, at school events and in school-related vehicles such as a bus.
Supporters of anti-bullying legislation have been attempting to get a measure through the Michigan Legislature for roughly a decade. But the proposals have bogged down over language about motivation for bullying and characteristics of victims.
Supporters say Michigan needs the law to force schools to do more to combat bullying of students. Some opponents say the bill won't be effective. Others say it's an attempt by gay rights activists and others to carve out special protections.

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  • by Sioux Location: Lansing, MI on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    OMG YES! bulling is so bad in my grandsons school it even branches to include staff as well in the bulling toward kids where they use to help them. What is really going on.
  • by Tracy Location: Owosso on May 4, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    I think what's difficult in the language is spelling out what IS bullying. What one person feels is bullying activity may be seen by another as "just playing around" or "blazing" on another. I have seen this happen and have have stopped it only to be told by parents that I'm too sensitive. Of course, kids who bully probably have parents who bully. They have to learn it somewhere. I just don't think that it is as easy as implementing any old policy that says "no bullying" and leaving it at that. It is far too complicated a situation to leave it that open / vague. That being said, I do believe we need something to follow: SPECIFIC definitions, discipline protocol, etc. so that it is known and plainly understood by all. The schools do this on their own, but if the state would back them the change that could be made. Great comments everyone! I'll have to look into what OE is doing...and how it could be adapted to other schools.
  • by Laura Location: Lansing on Apr 26, 2012 at 04:25 AM
    While our government leaders are debating the language of proposed anti-bullying laws, our children are still suffering! Had they passed a bill on this in the last 10 years my son may not have had to endure lies, threats, getting beat up, and ridecule of entire classes of students. The teachers at one school would'nt try to stop any of it, and teachers at another school think my son is the problem. I've lost faith in this public school system. I'm home schooling my son, because I know what's happening to him that way. Attention lawmakers: pass tons of anti-bullying lsws. And make teachers accountable to nip bullying in the bud, before it gets out of hand. Thank you!
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      by Sioux on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:24 PM in reply to Laura
      i am trying to help my grandson and his mother get him in a decent online school. if you have any input or know of any can you contact me via e-mail or facebook? he is a great kid its the kids and staff who are the problem. they need to deal with the real problem and stop punishing the followers of the leaders. discipline the leaders and the rest will follow!
  • by Pat Location: Ovid Elsie on May 3, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    This isn't that hard. OE schools have started it and how wonderful it is. Perhaps Congress should contact schools that actually know how to do it!!(
  • by DumAsMe Location: Lansing on May 3, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    There has always been bullying going on in schools for too many kids for too many years. At the beginning of the school year the students need to attend an assembly where they learn that bullying is not acceptable and there will be consequences for those who act inappropriately. They should not be suspended or removed from the schools unless their actions continue. Require any student who is a bully to attend after school classes where they learn the proper way to conduct themselves. Every teacher should be required to participate to help end this needless act of intimidation.
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      by Pat on May 3, 2011 at 02:19 PM in reply to DumAsMe
      See Ovid Elsie Schools!
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