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Reaction To Anti-Bullying Legislation

Bullying. It's what Rachel Benton, mother of two sons, says is a growing problem in our schools.

Benton says, "There is a lot of problems here in North Carolina in a lot of different schools. There are some problems in my sons schools."

On Thursday a state house education committee recommended a bill that would require public schools to beef-up anti-bullying policies.

The proposed bill defines bullying or harassing behavior as any pattern of gestures including any written, verbal, or electronic form along with any physical acts threatening any school employee or student creating a hostile environment on school property including school functions and on school buses."

But for one dad, he feels those guidelines are too vague and may create even more problems inside the classroom. Ryamil Exum says, "If a student looked at a student the wrong way and the teacher interpreted it as bullying action, then that child might be punished for that."

One parent says she'll risk that possibility if this bill keeps her kids from harm. But reminds all parents, proper behavior starts at home. Julie Kulis says, "I think being--going into the public school system in general you're gonna have to. It is what it is. You have to go in there with that attitude and teach your children the best they can to handle situations that are difficult."


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