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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  • by elvisfeelsrage on Jun 25, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    I have said it before and I will say it again---- we have leaders with the minds of children. I wish that they would pass a law making it a crime for them to bully the taxpayers of North Carolina. FAT CHANCE, however. They know what is best for us! Thank me anyway!
  • by Buzz Location: Mill on Jun 23, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    we can no longer enforce any of the rules on the books, adding new ones are pointless. Buzz-
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 23, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    As far as this is concerned, I hope that schools will crack down on the bullies as much as law enforcement cracks dow on drugs. Any student who gets caught for bullying another student and being mean to him or her should deserve a 5 day suspension with no exceptions. That should definately cut down on the fights that happen at school.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Jun 22, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    Sounds like just another token paper exercise. Teachers and administrators simply need the courage watch for and identify bullies, and administrators need to eliminate bullying behaviors quickly and decisively.

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