Utah education board cracks down on bullies


The Associated Press
The Utah State Board of Education is cracking down on bullies.
The panel approved a rule Friday that defines bullying and hazing so that students will know exactly what is unacceptable.

Board members said the action comes in response to an increase in bullying and hazing incidents across the state during the past year.

Among other things, the rule forbids any coerced act of a sexual nature, such as the removal of clothes or the exposure or touching of private areas of a body.

It targets acts of a physical nature such as whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics, bruising and electric shocking, as well as consumption of food, liquor or drugs. Full story.

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