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Anti-bullying legislation needed

March 4, 2014

To the editor: Supporters of the “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Act,” House File 826, Senate File 783 include a coalition of more than 120 organizations who represent tens of thousands of Minnesotan......

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Mar-06-14 6:17 PM

Good post, maybe, if it were printed 20 years ago. Most of the bullying is not happening on school grounds, nor during school hours. It's online. Going to join the 21st century any time soon?

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Mar-05-14 6:07 PM

As I've stated several times on this topic, we don't need another law or another layer of folks that we have to pay for.

We pay and train administrators and teachers to be aware of what is happening in their schools and that should be sufficient to stop bullying for the most part.

If unchecked or especially vicious the school counselor should meet with the parents and confront the administration. If this doesn't work report the crime and show up at the school. You will get action fast.

It worked for my son and cost two people their jobs and several students were kicked out of school and went to an alternative school, where their behavior was tightly monitored. I also sued two sets of parents who condoned this behavior. All judgements were in our favor.

Grow a pair and protect our children.

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Mar-05-14 2:04 PM

An administrator who is a bully is incompetent and should be fired of course. I don't have a problem with training and awareness. My issue is unneeded and ineffective bureaucracy.

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Mar-05-14 1:32 PM

In a perfect world parents would parent.

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Mar-05-14 12:15 PM

Schools can only do so much. Bullying doesn't happen in front of teachers and other staff, making it more difficult to stop. Empowering children to stand up for themselves is a challenge. Bullies usually learn their behavior from home. This can't be turned around easily if the parents are part of the problem.

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Mar-05-14 12:09 PM

What if the school administrator is the bully? Where is the legislation to stop him or her?

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Mar-04-14 11:31 AM

Are there instances where a School Administrator is inhibited from addressing a bullying issue because of the current law? Nobody is pro bullying. However, bureaucracy and state mandates do little to help resolve issues and usually create more problems than they solve. You can't legislate common sense. If an administrator is not doing his or her job, replace them. Don't make things more difficult for the majority of Administrators who are doing their job well just to wave a political flag.

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