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Mass. Moms Urge Against School Bullying


The mother of Carl Walker-Hoover, the 11-year-old boy who committed suicide earlier this year after he was taunted with antigay slurs at school, joined with two other moms Tuesday to urge Massachusetts lawmakers to approve a bill helping to prevent bullying in schools.

Sirdeaner L. Walker, Theresa M. Jackson, and Robin D'Antona all spoke of the bullying their children were forced to endure in school.

"I know now that bullying is not a race issue or a religious issues and it's not a gay issue or a straight issue," Walker said. "It's a safety issue."

The proposed bill would require school districts to establish safety policies to respond to bullying. It would also require that school administrators undergo training to prepare them to deal with bullying.

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