NC House Gives Initial OK To Expand Bullying Rules

Supporters of detailed anti-bullying rules in North Carolina's public schools are close to legislative victory.

The state House narrowly approved Monday night a bill that requires all school districts to approve updated policies by the end of the year. The vote was 59-57. The bill only needs one more positive House vote before it goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk.

The Senate already has passed the bill.

The district policies must list perceived characteristics of a person who could be susceptible to bullying behavior. Those characteristics include race, religion and physical appearance, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity.

Opponents want a different bullying bill that doesn't include the list.

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