House passes anti-bullying legislation
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House passes anti-bullying legislation

Date: May 11, 2015
By: Hannah Knight
State Capitol Bureau

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The House passed a bill that would expand the definition of bullying within public schools
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Wrap: The bill would require Missouri school's anti bullying policy to be printed in the student handbook and also provide educators with the option of taking a suicide prevention course.

St. Louis County Democrat Bob Burns says he understands how important this bill is after sitting on a board of education for twelve years.

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Description: It starts at a very early age kindergarten, sometimes even preschool when a child is picked out girl or boy, they can be bullied through their whole career and I can see how it does drive some children to suicide.

The bill also defines cyberbullying and requires schools to discipline students for participating in it.

The bill now heads to the Senate for final passage and then to the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.

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The House passed a bill that would require schools to implement a stronger anti bullying policy.
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Wrap: The sponsor of the bill, St. Louis County Republican Representative Sue Allen says she has been trying to get this bill passed for 8 years.

The bill defines cyberbullying and requires schools to discipline students for participating in it. 

St. Louis City Democrat Mike Colona says he has seen this bill come a long way over the years.

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Description: It's a good tool that we have to try and address bullying in schools. To make sure that educators have the tools they need to identify those folks who are being bullied and give them the resources and support that they deserve.

The bill would also allow educators to participate in a suicide prevention course.

The bill now heads to the Senate for final passage and then to the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.


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