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MN Lawmakers Push For Tougher Anti-Bullying Policies

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Physically hitting someone in the hallway, teasing children in class or writing rude comments online are all forms of bullying. The Minnesota legislature is discussing making anti-bullying policies in schools tougher.

The bill to protect students from bullies is on it's way to the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee, but many schools in the valley told Valley News Teams Kristi Larson not much would change for them.

"As a school official we feel that it's mandated and a moral obligation to look out for the best interest of our students." says Ada-Borup High School Activities Director Kelly Anderson.

Ada-Borup already has a zero tolerance policy for bullying.

"We're still going to investigate, things will still be reported, we'll still document, there might be little tweaks and a little bit of extra work that goes into it, but in the end you just want to make sure that all of the students feel comfortable and safe in our school." Anderson says.

The bill says each district would need to discuss it's policies with students and train all school staff how to prevent, identify and respond to bullying, something Ada-Borup already does.

"We certainly do get to know our kids everyday," Says social studies teacher Mike Gullingsrud, "and if you do have a student that's not their normal self you want to step in and ask questions if needed, and if nothing else give them support."

This bill would make stricter guidelines for schools to follow when dealing with bullying, but some students say it's not a big problem in this high school as many follow the golden rule; 'treat others as you would want to be treated'.

"We kind of know the harm and maybe something that could come of it, so we don't like to get into it so much, we're very careful and very respectful to everyone I feel like." says Jack Brainard a senior.

This bill is headed to the Senate Finance Committee after being revised. To read the full bill click here.


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