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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    Spare the rod, spoil the child. We tax payers will have to pay the bill. Parents should be held responsible for this debt...
  • by Officer Location: NC on May 28, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    Wonderful! Another law that will not be enforced. We have so many laws that there is no way to keep up with them A bully can be cured of his/her problem. However, the school will be expected to do it ... but that can't happen when the school will have to argue with the parent that "yes - your little angel is a bully!" Then the parent goes home and shows how they don't believe the school and goes to see a lawyer to "force" the school to let their little angel back in. The officer can charge the angel but that want fix it ... the courts are busy trying to keep the little angels out of the court room because "that scars them" and then they might need medication. Now, that I've gotten that off my chest ... put some teeth in any kind of bullying law that will convince the little angels ... maybe that isn't something I should get involved in ... and give the parents a reason that they should "help" fix little johnny's or little susie's problem!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 28, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    Bullies just need a few welps on their behind.
  • by Mom Location: Snow Hill on May 28, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    Bullying can be stopped at home. Get involved in your child’s life and let them know you care about what is going on in their lives. Most bullies just want attention even if it is bad attention.
  • by Mother Location: everywhere on May 28, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    All children should be protected from bullies. This should include private schools also. Just because I pay to send my children to school, this doesn't mean that they are not subject to this kind of behavior. You don't have to be different now a days to be bullied.
  • by dealy Location: williamston on May 28, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    This is outrageous. Next thing we'll have is breathing laws. How ridiculous can we get? Has anybody learned anything about profiling? And all this crap costs TAXPAYER dollars! At a minimum...list "perceived" characteristics of a person likely to be bullied...WHAT DOES THIS ACCOMPLISH? Is anyone out there capable of being culpable for their actions? Or is EVERYTHING somebody else's fault?? Get a grip. Being bullied is just ONE of the "unfairities" we have to face throughoutlife. Bully's don't stop when they leave'll encounter them throughout life. Dealing with them is a character building exercise. I am so thoroughly disgusted with this anti-responsibility culture, I can hardly stand it.

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