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Massachusetts Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Bill

Thursday Apr 24, 2014
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Gov. Deval Patrick
Gov. Deval Patrick  (Source:AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to build on the state’s 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities.

Patrick called the new law "an important step toward ensuring that all young people are able to learn and thrive" in schools.

Patrick signed the bill during a Statehouse ceremony Thursday. The law also creates new reporting measures for schools and recognizes certain populations as more vulnerable to bullying,

The 2010 law was designed to crack down on bullying and cyberbullying and require schools to establish anti-bullying programs.

The new law creates a data collection and reporting mechanism designed to help educators, administrators and legislators identify trends and respond to them.

Schools will also be required to report bullying data annually to education officials.

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  • Wayne M., 2014-04-25 22:59:31

    The strength of this bill is not merely that it is written to stop bullying, but tin that it has measures to ensure that schools and educators will enforce the law and therefore make schools safer for all students. However, I wonder if the law will also be used to protect teachers, school staff and volunteers in school from homophobic bullying. Very often, LGBT staff are also subjected to bullying and harassment from students and parents.


  • Anonymous, 2014-04-26 00:31:37

    I agree and hope the adults in school atmospheres that are targets of bullying are also protected. I as a school bus driver have been a target for one family in particular who don’t want to answer the tough questions their children ask. They want me removed as a driver due to my sexuality. Which has nothing to do with my ability to safely transport children to and from school daily.


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