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December 8, 2011

More Anti-bullying Laws Needed to Protect Kids

A study of laws looked at by the US Department of Education revealed that only race is more focused on than physical/mental challenge regarding bullying.  However, just 16 states have bullying laws enacted for people with physical/mental challenges.  These results were highlighted cross country.

Reports indicate that people with physical/mental challenges are bullied more than able-bodied people.  Presently, there are no laws centering on bullying for people with physical/mental challenges federally.  Discrimination is covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

“Every state should have effective bullying prevention efforts in place to protect children inside and outside of school,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This report reveals that while most states have enacted legislation around this important issue, a great deal of work remains to ensure adults are doing everything possible to keep our kids safe.”

46 states presently have laws enacted to keep all children safe in class.  There has been much discussion and advocacy involving bullying laws after several students have committed suicide because of the act. In 2010, 21 laws were enacted or changed regarding bullying.

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