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Mass. Gov Signs Antibullying Bill

Mass. Gov Signs Antibullying Bill


Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick signed legislation Tuesday to implement new rules for reporting incidents of bullying in schools and to provide training for all adults who work at schools on how to identify, prevent, and manage such incidents.

According to School Library Journal, the law also enhances collaboration among state and local education, health and law enforcement agencies to ensure effectiveness.

"As governor and as a parent, I feel very strongly that no child should feel threatened or unsafe in our schools," Patrick said. "With this new law, we are giving our teachers, parents, and kids the tools and protections they need so that every student has a chance to reach their full potential."

The law includes new reporting requirements for school staff to fully detail instances of bullying or retaliation to the appropriate school official.

Incidents of cyber-bullying are included in the law, as the law is focusing on extending penalties for electronic communications.

Under the law, the fourth Wednesday in January is known as No Name Calling Day to help increase public awareness of the effects of verbal bullying.

No Name Calling Day is also designed to encourage students to use positive language and to promote tolerance and respect for differences.

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