State Senate passes anti-bullying bill

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would strengthen anti-bullying laws. 22News tells you what changes lawmakers are looking to make.

The new bill aims at providing better protection for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students as well as students with disabilities.

Supporters of the bill say those are the students that are most commonly targeted by bullies. The bill would revamp the state’s 2010 anti-bullying law.

One college student told 22News he remembers how difficult it was to watch his friend get bullied in high school… and is relieved steps are being taken at a higher level to stop it from happening. Simon Tysgananko said, “As a person, I tried to kind of not be a part of it, because when you try to protect someone or be in the problem you always get bullied too.”

The Massachusetts House approved the bill last month that would create a new system for teachers and administrators to report bullying. That information would then be sent to the attorney general and state’s lawmakers in hopes to better track bullying trends.

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