D.C. Council proposes anti-bullying law
According to the GW Hatchet, the D.C. Council is likely to pass a bill that will ban bullying in D.C. public schools and government agencies.
The Harassment and Intimidation Prevention Act of 2010, which was a response to the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, will require all schools and agencies to adopt “policies to prohibit harassment, intimidation, and bullying.” If passed, the bill will also compel the creation of bully prevention programs.
“It’s just a matter of reinforcing what’s already on the books,” Doxie McCoy, a spokesperson for Council Chairman and Mayor-elect Vincent Gray, told the Hatchet. “The District of Columbia faces bullying issues as well which need to be addressed with the help of parents.”
The bill was co-sponsored by the whole of the Council, save for Councilmember Marion Barry. The bill is expected to pass in December.