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North Carolina: National Leader in Protecting Kids from Bullies

November 1, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. - Even before recent suicides among young people who had been bullied made national headlines, North Carolina had enacted legislation, earlier this year, to protect children and teens from bullying. The School Violence Prevention Act requires schools to have a system in place to deal with bullies and puts an obligation on teachers to deal with the problem in their classrooms.

Ian Palmquist, executive director of Equality NC, says the law spells out clear expectations on how the problem should be handled.

"It puts in place a very clear definition of what bullying is and makes it clear to teachers and administrators that they have an obligation to address it."

The policies put in place by the law, which went into effect January 1, explicitly protect young people who might be targets for bullying because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or race.

Recently, the U.S. Education Department announced a crackdown on school systems that ignored bullying. This comes after a national poll found that almost half of all high school pupils had been bullied.

Palmquist believes the law could be in jeopardy if Republicans take control of the state legislature, making Representative Paul Stam majority leader.

"Representative Paul Stam has told supporters that he would make repealing the School Violence Prevention Act one of the priorities, were they to come into the majority."

A spokesperson for Representative Stam insists the lawmaker has no official position on the law, nor plans to overturn it, though he did vote against the legislation.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC