Local group has concerns over bullying bill

Bullying Bill Exposed

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Minnesota Departments of Health and Education say that 13 percent of students report getting bullied once or more a week.

Now a bill is being introduced that hopes to bring that number down. It is called “The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.”

It aims to provide clear definitions of bullying, harassment and intimidation. It also offers training and resources for students and staff and more.

Some in our area are not completely sold on it yet.

“What this bill targets is not objective conduct, it targets thoughts. It targets specifically the promotion of values and attitudes,” said Political Activist Walter Hudson.

“It’s very vaguely defined so that having hurt feelings for example can be considered bullying,” said Julie Quist of Child Protection League Action.

Hudson said because every community deals with different forms of bullying, it should be left up to them to decide how to combat it.

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