Bullying Bills in the Legislature

Updated 3 years ago

Cyber bullying is being targeted by a pair of bills Maine lawmakers are taking up.Democratic Rep. Don Pilon of Saco is sponsoring a bill focusing on the prevention of bullying via electronic devices. It would require school boards to adopt policies on cyber bullying and include a procedure to report offensive behavior to authorities.The bill also makes bullying a civil violation.Similar legislation by Democratic Rep. Terry Morrison of South Portland would require a bullying prevention policy to include cyber bullying by Aug. 15, 2012. The two bills are expected to be combined in a single bill.Supporters say bullying – especially by electronic messaging or cell phones – has grown into a huge problem.(The Associated Press)


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