Massachusetts legislators hear appeals for anti-bullying law

By MOLLY CONNORS
Cape Cod Times
BOSTON — A Cape Cod mother made a tearful plea to state legislators yesterday to pass one of a dozen bills addressing school bullying, saying the state must step in to assure schools do their job in protecting students from mental and physical anguish.

“I felt my son needed to be protected. The bullying completely disrupted his ability to feel safe in a learning environment,” said Theresa Jackson, a Forestdale resident and mother of a 13-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder.
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North Carolina law spurs school system to beef-up bullying policy

By Mike Wilder
Times-News
BURLINGTON, N.C. — A new state law means the Alamance-Burlington School System will change its policy against harassment and bullying.

The change means the policy will prohibit bullying based on sexual orientation, along with other characteristics, such as race, religion, sex and physical appearance.
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Wisconsin Senate to curb bullying, texting while driving

MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin lawmakers are set to vote on a number of measures this week, including a proposal aimed at stopping bullying in state schools.

The bill, up for vote on Tuesday, would require schools to adopt policies that ban bullying and require authorities report all bullying incidents to the state.
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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.
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Palfrey testifies on cyberbullying to House subcommittee

Harvard News Service
Harvard Law School Professor John Palfrey will testify before the House subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security today regarding two pieces of legislation designed to address cyberbullying and other online safety issues for children. A live webcast of the testimony will be available beginning at 3 p.m.
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Cyberbullying bill gets chilly reception from Congress

By David Kravets
Wired
Lawmakers gave Rep. Linda Sanchez’s cyberbullying bill a cool reception
Proposed legislation demanding up to two years in prison for electronic speech meant to “coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person” was met with little enthusiasm by a House subcommittee on Wednesday.
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Government Panel Mulls Kids’ Online Safety

By Larry Magid
CBS online
(CBS) Last year, Congress passed the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, which established the Online Safety Technology Working Group (OSTWG) a panel of 29 representatives from Internet companies, academia, non-profits and government to study and report on how to best protect kids online. In April, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the appointments.
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