North Carolina Bullying Rules Approved By House Panel

A Senate bill requiring North Carolina school districts to approve more detailed anti-bullying policies is moving ahead in the House.

The House Education Committee recommended the measure Thursday.

Districts would have to create policies that at a minimum list perceived characteristics of a person likely to be bullied. The list is laid out in the bill, which next goes to a House judiciary panel.

Alison Davis of Durham says the bill would protect her three sons, each of whom have autism and are teased harshly at school.

The Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina said he was bullied as a child. But Creech and other opponents are upset the required list would give special protection to specific groups, particularly gays and lesbians.

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