Lawmakers look to expand anti-bullying protection

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP)–The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a new bill that would expand the state’s current anti-bullying law.

The new bill looks to expand and focus anti-bullying protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students as well as students with disabilities.

Supporters of the bill argued those are the students that are particularly vulnerable to bullying.

The bill would also require parents are notified about their options.

In addition, the bill would require school administrators use the new data collection and reporting system to help state education officials identify trends. Schools would have to report this bullying data toofficials each year.  The combined data would then be passed on to the attorney general and lawmakers.

The bill passed with a vote of 143 to 4 in the House.  The bill is now in the hands of the Massachusetts Senate.

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