Minnesota Becomes 16th State to Pass Anti-Bullying Law

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Early on Wednesday, the Minnesota House passed a bill (69-63) that will strengthen the state’s anti-bullying laws and by the end of the day, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill into law. The Safe and Supportive Schools Act is the 16th (plus D.C.) in the nation to protect students from bullying by legally defining bullying. “This provides a strong set of tools to create a strong local anti-bullying policy and create safe educational climates in Minnesota,” said Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis who was the bill’s sponsor. Thanks to the bill, schools will be legally required to “…track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy but omits details on what the policy should contain,” according to Star Tribune.

 

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