Controversial anti-bullying bill set for Thursday vote

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A controversial anti-bullying bill is set for a vote on Thursday in the Minnesota Senate.

The Safe and Supportive Schools Act would require schools to develop written policies about bullying, train staff members how to handle bullying and set up a state reporting system.

Supporters cite a recent report from the Department of Education that shows Minnesota has one of the weakest bullying laws in the nation.

"Why should any child be forced to choose on a daily basis whether to be safe or go to school?" said bill co-author Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) during a rally in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday. "No child should be forced to make that decision in Minnesota. No child."

A similar bill was defeated last year and has struggled to garner Republican support.

Some opponents think it's big government overreaching and they worry about additional regulatory burdens for local school districts. Others are concerned about definitions in the bill and what classifies bullying.


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