Bullying Bill Reaction

One of the issues some lawmakers have been looking at is bullying and Senator Richie Sanders said he thinks a bullying bill will pass.

He said the chairman of the Senate's Education Committee has been working with members of the House Education Committee on a compromise.

"You do hear it from time to time and I know there was a girl this year in Kentucky that took her life and her parents felt like it was because of bullying in school, so that certainly was a tragedy," Senator Sanders said.

However, as the bill was heard in the House Education Committee, Representative Jim DeCesare was the lone "no" vote for the bill.

He said all schools are already required to have bullying policies in place and the existing language is sufficient.

The Bowling Green Representative said the bill takes control away from individual school districts.

"It's very subjective. If a child gives another child a dirty look, a teacher or administrator could consider that a form of bullying," Representative DeCesare said.

The bill passed the House Education Committee and could be called onto the house floor.

Janet Grider, one of the school counselors at Bowling Green Junior High, said the district has a strict policy on this kind of behavior.

"In that being harassment the picking on and targeting of others, the name calling and making people feel uncomfortable," Grider said.

Grider also said it's already mandated by the state that schools teach students about bullying in their core content.

"It just makes the students aware. The students need the knowledge of what bullying is, so that they realize 'Hey I'm being bullied and I don't have to put up with this," Grider said.

While she's in favor of the bullying bill, Janet believes there would only be a few changes made to Bowling Green's policy if it's passed into law.

"I don't foresee that it would change too much what takes place at the schools because we're already very proactive and we address the issue in a number of ways, so I don't expect it to change too much," Grider said.

Grider said there's no fool-proof policy but bullying is an issue that needs to be dealt with.

For more information about the bullying bill and to see what else local legislators are working on you can log onto http://www.kentuckyvotes.org.


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