Skip to comments.Minnesota Senate approves anti-bullying bill
Posted on 04/03/2014 8:09:16 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
After considering 15 amendments and more than five hours of debate Thursday, state Senators approved a bill to strengthen bullying prevention in Minnesota schools.
The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act was approved with a 36-31 vote, mostly along party lines. The measure greatly expands Minnesota anti-bullying law that is now just 37 words.
It was a hard-fought victory, said State Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, the bill's primary sponsor.
"I'm very, very happy right now," Dibble said after the vote. "It's been a long road. It has been a decade in the making trying to convince people that this problem is real."
The bill still has to clear another hurdle before it becomes law. House members, who approved the bill last year, must agree with changes made in the Senate before it can be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature.
Members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and their supporters have said passing bullying prevention legislation was a top priority for this legislative session.
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Too bad “bullying” now is simply disagreeing with a leftist, or expressing any opinion contrary to left wing sensibility.
I’m really disappointed to see this.
Ayup, this sounds like it is just begging to get misused against some “overly conservative” kid.
Bullying is going on... liberal bullying.
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Well, I’m glad we finally solved that problem.
Don’t these busybodies have anything better to do?
If I were a timid nerd I would be up in arms. It is WORSE than useless!
>>Too bad bullying now is simply disagreeing with a leftist, or expressing any opinion contrary to left wing sensibility.<<
It is easily defined.
It is being “Bossy.”
Is there a Minnesota list?
don’t worry. the dems are also working on banning the scourge of e-cigs.
yeah. not sure if it’s still run by MPLSSteve.
We could do away with most bullying by getting rid of government schools. If schools had to please parents, they would care what happens to students. Bureaucrats don’t give a rat’s whisker. It’s all about keeping up appearances and not making waves.
Oh, the humanity!
The primary engine behind the “Safe Schools” bill is OutFront Minnesota, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group. OutFront’s legal director was a member of Gov. Mark Dayton’s 2012 Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying, which gave rise to this bill, and its leadership directs the “Safe Schools for All Coalition.”
damn you water vapor exhaling evil frogs!
Timid nerds unite. Gays are getting in your face and now they are proposing you can’t do squat about it.
Can’t make fun of Norwegians?
take away the words from the poor and ignorant so only the rich and educated can bully with temperament and fancy 4 syllable words; and the ignorant applaud their slavery- Hume is turning over in his tomb.
John F’n Kerry is in full compliance.
I thought the biggest problem facing us is “inequality”. ??
This makes it much worse. If an immature kid who is not quite balanced gets upset at stupid rules like this, there might be more vengeance activity out of school.
This is how homosexuals get into the schools. They don’t give a rats ass about regular kids. Normal bullying stops after a while. You either stick up for yourself or hang with a group that presents a united front against traditional bullies.
I can see it now.... Jack, walking down the hall, gets groped by Bruce and responds with “Hands off me, fag!” In a “heroic act of resistance”, Bruce punches Jack in the face. Jack is then expelled and sent to anti-bullying re-education class, while Bruce gets an award at the next assembly.
Time to send those conservative kids to the Gulags.
This won’t cover shaking down white kids.
Don’t offend queer students law. The queers get to decide what’s offensive.
It is needed. I don’t know exactly what the bill looks like but bullying is a big problem in schools and the school districts are unable to contain it._
The bill would:
Introduce new sexually-explicit materials into classrooms
Exempt teachers from being classified as “bullies”
Enable schools to discipline or “remediate” (re-educate) students under the new “anti-bullying” policies without parental notification
Encourage students to report each other, which can be done anonymously, without opportunity for an accused student to face his or her accuser
Create new unfunded mandates on local school districts
Take away local control of school policies
Astonishingly, the bill does not require parental notification for either students who have been bullied or those accused of bullying.
The bill would give vocal special-interest groups access to Minnesota K-12 classrooms under the banner of creating safe, supportive school environments. It would require districts to consult with unnamed community organizations in adopting and implementing bullying-prevention policies. We can expect OutFront and similar organizations to play a central role.
This bill does not stop bullying.
Thank you. Very much appreciate that run down. And you are very correct, this will do nothing to stop bullying. Thanks again.