North Carolina bullying bill passes in tight vote

By Lynn Bonner, Jennifer Klahre and Luci Chavez
Charlotte Observer
Charlotte, N.C. — Students and administrators might as well be living on different planets when it comes to school bullying.

Students across the state say it is common for bullies to taunt and hit them or their classmates, and for teachers to do little to stop it. Superintendents and principals say bullying is a small problem and policies to discourage it work well.

Into the divide comes a bill that awaits Gov. Bev Perdue’s signature to make it law. The bill is meant to protect students who are harassed for a variety of specific reasons such as race, religion or disabilities. It also would protect students from being tormented because of their real or perceived sexual orientation. Full story.

Related links:
Fox 8 story: Bullying bill identifies potential targets
News & Observer: House approves bullying bill
BlueNC Twitter from statehouse: School violence prevention act passes


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