North Carolina House Gives Final OK To Expand Bullying Rules

The Legislature has narrowly voted to require all North Carolina public school districts to set forth bullying rules that identify potential targets, including gays and lesbians.

Gov. Beverly Perdue's office also said Tuesday she'll probably sign the bill approved earlier by the House by a vote of 58-57.

The bill would require schools to create policies by the end of the year that at a minimum list perceived characteristics of a person likely to be bullied. That list includes race, religion and physical appearance, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity.

There are 11 states that already have laws on the books designed to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual and transgender students from bullying.

The bill was passed after several amendments were rejected.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    This will allow gays to say anything or do anything in school now. No one will dare to say anything against them for fear of being accused of bullying. School administrators will be foaming at the mouth to "make an example" of someone to prove they are not "anti gay". There will be no such thing as bullying of gays against non-gay. Just like our society says there is no such thing as racism of blacks towards whites.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    NC already had a anti-bullying policy written in 2004. This bill was written to specifically add gays. NC is turning very liberal. It won't be long now before our statute stating marriage is between a man and woman will be overturned by any liberal nc judge. Citizens must demand a constitutional amendment.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    I saw Perez Hilton on TV crying about someone had given him a beating.After what he did to Miss California, he deserved it! Now maybe he'll shut his big fat mouth!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    This bill if signed into law will give special protection to "sexual behavior"? It will backfire. Heterosexuals who are harrassed will also be able to use this to combat harrassment from homosexuals, bisexuals, transgenders and other life forms. It will clog up an already stagnate legal system and create general chaos. Found out who the 57 were that voted for it and let them know come election time including Gov. Dumplin'. This is a horrible idea. Wake up America!
  • by T Location: Washington on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    Straight, gay, or lesbian doesn't matter.I believe in teaching my kids how to defend themselves, and I have. If my kids provoke a fight, I assure all they will be dealt with very harsh. However, they are well aware that if they feel danger, always STRIKE FIRST. Element of surprise always works. I just do not see this bill doing much good. It is a dog eat dog world out there, so prepare yourselves, and your children accordingly.
  • by Sam Location: The Will on Jun 24, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    To elvishashadenough, you are right about these politicians up in Raleigh. Bev Perdue is a bully on her own self.
  • by elvishashadenough on Jun 24, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    I will tell you who the bullies are---These tyrannical leaders in Raleigh who insist on continuously create laws that are common sense rules for living and do not need to be addressed by these control freaks!!!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 23, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    The way these Liberal Commie politicians are going, everyone will be Federally protected EXCEPT White Heterosexual Males!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 23, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    Does anyone see any thing wrong with the schools "creating policies", 100 schools 100 different policies. Why does our esteemed lawmakers not write the policies, they are most all lawyers ain't they. If you don't write it you don't have to take responsibility.
  • by CD Location: Winterville on Jun 23, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    This makes alot of sense. Why give sexual preference a priority. Our elected officials are ignorant.
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