Michigan Senate moves to address school cyberbullying
- Michigan's Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would require schools to add cyberbullying to their anti-bullying policies.
- The bill would also require schools to report data on bullying incidents to the state, as opposed to just their local boards of education, and is essentially an update to a 2011 law mandating anti-bullying policies for K-12 districts and charters, the Lansing State Journal reports.
- The bill, which is reportedly supported by Gov. Rick Snyder, goes before the state's House next week.
The update to the 2011 anti-bullying law is a good move, considering, as state Sen. Glenn Anderson told the Lansing State Journal, that physical bullying probably pales in comparison now to the amount done via social media and text messaging. But the bill's opponents bring up a good point, as well, regarding how schools are supposed to quantify, report, and address cyberbullying done outside the school. Ultimately, any data is probably better than no data.
- Lansing State Journal School cyberbullying bill OK’d in state Senate
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