Michigan Senate Approves Anti-bullying Proposal

LANSING (AP) – Legislation that would require Michigan’s public schools to adopt anti-bullying policies has been approved in the Republican-led Senate, but some Democrats say the measure wouldn’t do anything to protect students.

The bill was approved Wednesday by a 26-11 vote along party lines. It advances to the Republican-led House.

Some Democrats want a more detailed measure that specifically outlines reasons students can’t be bullied such as race, weight and sexual orientation. Democrats said a clause in the Senate-approved bill would provide students with a license to bully based on religious beliefs.

Republicans said the bill would protect all students.

Michigan is one of the few states without a law requiring anti-bullying policies. Efforts to adopt one have languished for years.Gov. Rick Snyder wants Michigan to adopt an anti-bullying law.

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  1. Bruce Walker says:

    The wording added at the last minute stops the bill — if passed — from abrogating First Amendment rights by allowing statements of religious beliefs to be spoken that might offend. It does not condone epithets or physical violence.

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