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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