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Anti-Bullying Advocates Plan Sit-In At Capitol

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LANSING (WWJ) – A group of anti-bullying advocates are planning on staging a sit-in Friday night at State Capitol.

Among the group is State Senator John Gleason, a Democrat, who said Republicans blocked anti-bullying legislation that could have passed this week.

Talking with WWJ Newsradio 950, Gleason said lawmakers have ignored the issue for years, adding that there is no excuse for waiting.

“They’re the one who need to answer the question why they won’t move this legislation,” said Gleason. “We’ve had this legislation all nine years that I’ve been in Lansing and it’s time that we move it. Bullying is not lessening, it’s increasing.”

Gleason said feels Republicans were taking the issue too lightly.

“There was a lot of frivolity in the air about the issue … that’s what upset me the most,” Gleason said. “We have had family members, I’ve had very dear friends that have had to deal with suicide because of taunting and abuse. This is an issue that’s dear to me. I take it very personally.”

Gleason spent the night in the Capitol to draw attention to the issue and said he plans to stay there until the issue is addressed.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, a Republican, was not immediately available for comment.

Opponents have said the bills won’t work and are simply an attempt by gay rights activists and others to carve out special protections.

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