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Anti-Schoolyard Bullying Law "In Jeopardy"

June 10, 2009

Albany, NY - A bill prohibiting harassment and intimidation in schools which was thought to have a good chance of passing after seven previous failed attempts is again "in jeopardy" - as one advocate put it - in the aftermath of the upheaval in the Senate Monday. Lee Cutler, whose union, New York State United Teachers, supports the bill, says new forms of cyberbullying are spreading, like "sexting," and schoolyard fights are being posted on the Internet.

"Maybe in the '50s and '60s and '70s you'd just get prank phone calls, but now with everybody on the Internet and with cell phones and things like that, the harassment can continue 24 hours a day."

The "Dignity For All Students Act" has been opposed in the past by critics who claim it would create special rights for a special class of students.

Cutler says provisions of the proposed legislation would prohibit harassment and discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.

"Especially at the middle school and high school, the kid who is being regularly harassed and is terrified and is just miserable cannot succeed academically."

Similar laws have been passed in the neighboring states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey.

The anti-harassment bill is numbered: S 1987-A.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY