House passes sweeping antibullying bill

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  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 8:48 PM
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okaybruceMay. 6, 13 9:53 PM

You'll never get rid of it. All you will do is hurt religious schools who teach the truth about sex and marriage. This, of course, was the point all along. We won't stop.

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azrielaMay. 6, 1311:30 PM

People have the right to believe as they choose, they even have the right to educate their children as they see fit. They and their children do not have the right to make school a torment to any other child for any reason at all. Telling a child to play nice now doesn't work. There need to be real consequences for tortuous behavior, because that is what bullying is, torture of someone who cannot fight back. Even defending yourself from a bully can get a victim suspended or even arrested if it turns physical. Many bullies are experts at being just out of sight or under the radar of teachers so that what they do is rarely seen yet the moment their victim defends themselves the teacher sees and the victim is the one in trouble. Without stiff consequences and clearly defined policies all the schools are doing is assisting bullies and increasing the pain of the victims.

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blazer38May. 6, 1311:59 PM

I hope this over reach settles it once and for all.

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flipsideMay. 7, 1312:37 AM

Another bill that will not help yet another teen from suicide in Minnesota. Michael Manning 13 of Cottage Grove gave up after being bullied relentlessly. He finally had enough. He could no longer wait for our government to take charge and stop this senselessness. How many must die before all bullying is stopped.

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circleoflifeMay. 7, 13 7:08 AM

You cannot legislate basic instints. Bullying will never end as long as there are humans on this planet. Want to be serious about bullying? Then lets take a look at when it really started getting bad and suicides went up. Right around the time parents thought it would be a good idea to hand a phone to their teenager and enable them to text. Want to be serious about bullying? Make it illegal for anyone under 18 to own/possess a phone. Other than that this is all smoke and mirrors.

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ontherecordMay. 7, 13 7:37 AM

okaybruce==== "You'll never get rid of it. All you will do is hurt religious schools who teach the truth about sex and marriage." ==== You are saying that religious schools are teaching children to be bullies? Doesn't sound very Christ-like! But in one respect, you are right. There will always be bigots who will bully and hurt others who aren't like them.

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theagonybhoMay. 7, 13 7:38 AM

Glad to see were lazer focused on the real issues like the debt, unemployment and the economy.

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mhindinMay. 7, 13 8:42 AM

Simple rule for living: If you don't like someone leave then the heck alone! Also leave their stuff alone. Even parochial schools need to teach kids that people who are different have a right to safety and dignity regardless of weather the Church approves of their beliefs or gender preference. The 19.5 million dollar figure was disputed on the house floor. Because most schools have something in place it would more likely cost less than a million dollars. Thanks Representative Davnie

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clairjrMay. 7, 1312:10 PM

Like most liberally-inspired laws, this too will work just fine. Laws that demean, punish or prosecute those who engage in any kind of behaviour that the Left finds "improper" - will, no doubt, completely leave the bullying life behind and find greater favour in outreach programs to help the poor, or in a myriad of low-level volunteerism activities such as a Project Hope or a Save the Whales program. Next, perhaps, we can concentrate future efforts around outlawing girls in middle school from catty comments about their fellow female students and the subsequent removal of hurt feelings. Legislation, no doubt, will cure them of that too.

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mngopwatchMay. 7, 13 6:00 PM

Oh good, now that this form of human conflict has been outlawed, it will end, just like murder assault and all other illegal activities. Wait a minute, does this mean we have just elevated a behavior problem previously handled by parents and school administrations to a criminal offense? What a stupid idea, criminalizing behavior, but I guess that's what happens when you demonize moral judgement. Government control trying to combat societal decline.

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