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March 30, 2013

To the editor: We thank our state representatives, Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinski for taking the time to host the recent town hall meeting in Marshall....

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Apr-07-13 6:28 PM

SEL I have not seen school officials lobbying for this bill. If it was a tool for them to help do their jobs as you said in your comment, I would be supportive. I don't see them asking for this definition but I may have missed it.

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Apr-01-13 6:06 PM

What about all the bullying that occurs without the school's knowledge? Then it becomes an issue of he said/he said (or she) and that is where the schools turn a blind eye. They would rather not acknowledge a problem than investigate.

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Apr-01-13 2:04 PM

Al, bullying more often these days takes the form of psychological harassment, not physical harassment. There is very little a cop or a lawyer can do with this type of bullying, because the law doesn’t cover it. Unless you can prove a terroristic threat or stalking there is nothing to stop the behavior.

Moderate, all too often a school’s response to bullying problems is to throw their hands up and say “there is nothing we can do”, because existing policies and definitions are vague and lacking in specifics. If the new legislation does nothing more than clearly define what bullying is and what schools are allowed to do it will be an improvement.

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Mar-30-13 7:07 PM

The best path to take if your child is being bullied is to file a formal complaint and get a lawyer. If it is bad enough to include physical harassment, then call the police. That way you stop it now and the bullies and enablers are punished. Believe me, it works.

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Mar-30-13 12:22 PM

Anyone remember corporal punishment? I do, and it worked better than anything that is on the books today.

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Mar-30-13 9:58 AM

A longer statute certainly does not automatically qualify it as a better statute and frequently is an indication of a more unworkable one. Let’s be very clear here, nobody is in favor of bullying. It has been an issue for many years and continues to be one today. I appreciate that people want to, “do something”. However, creating a bunch of bureaucratic hoops to jump through and reports to fill out just means that school personnel spend their time on paperwork rather than actually interacting with the kids. I’m all for raising awareness of the issue of bullying and helping the teachers and administrators get the tools and training to better address it, but I don’t believe that creating paper and processes is effective. “You can’t legislate common sense.” Help school officials do their job and hold them accountable.

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