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Gregoire: Anti-Bullying Legislation Approved

The legislation passed on a vote of 143-4.

State Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough. Courtesy
State Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough. Courtesy

State Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough, along with her colleagues in the House of Representatives passed legislation this week that builds on the 2010 landmark anti-bullying legislation. This legislation was overwhelmingly passed on a vote of 143-4.

While the original legislation prohibited bullying, cyber-bullying and required schools to establish related programs, the passage of this legislation ensures that the appropriate data is collected and that attention is given to specific populations that are most vulnerable to bullying.  Specifically, this bill requires that schools annually report critical data to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Attorney General and the Legislature.  In addition, under this legislation, parents will be made aware by the Department of the Problem Resolution System in place and the process that exists if they are interested in filing a claim.  Finally, school bullying prevention plans must recognize that some groups of students are more susceptible than others to bullying.

“The educational system in Massachusetts is exceptional, however if students do not feel safe and secure, their ability to make the most of the resources and tools they are given is greatly hindered,” said Representative Gregoire.  “It is crucial to ensure that our existing anti-bullying law is as effective as possible to ensure the safety, security and success of our young people.”

Submitted by the office of state Rep. Danielle Gregoire

frances connors February 27, 2014 at 06:51 PM
I think perhaps someone should fill in the Marlborough public schools of this since there have been 5 cases this of bullying to the point that they attempted or continplated suicide and when the bulling is reported nothing is done
Hyacinth Smith February 28, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.Your kids learn a lot about power relationships from watching you. When you get angry at a waiter, a sales clerk, another driver on the road, or even your child, you have a great opportunity to model effective communication techniques. Don’t blow it by blowing your top! Any time you speak to another person in a mean or abusive way, you’re teaching your child that bullying is ok. We must be responsible and action about this problem don't let it happen to your child keep them safe and protected check it at http://bit.ly/1nctEuL.

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