In a last minute maneuver, the House Ways and Means Committee gutted the anti-bullying bill pending before the Mass. legislature, scheduled for a vote in the House Thursday 3/18 in the afternoon. They axed the following requirements:
1) Mandatory training for school staff in responding to bullying
2) the requirement that school staff report bullying to administrators when they observe it;
3) the requirement that principals investigate bullying;
4) the requirement that principals notify law enforcement if they believe a crime is implicated;
5) the requirement that bullies be disciplined; and
6) the requirement that the parents of bullies and targets be notified about bullying incidents and remedial action.
Amendments are being offered by progressive representatives to restore these important provisions to the bill. There will be coverage in the Globe and the Herald tomorrow.
Before 3/18 at 1 PM, please call or email your State Rep to ask him/her to vote to restore the provisions gutted by the House Ways and Means Committee. You can find your state rep’s name and contact information at this URL: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/…
(After you plug your address information into the form, scroll down the page that comes up: “My Election Information.” Under the heading “Who are my elected officials,” in the second block down, look for your “Rep. in General Court” and click on the name to get contact information.)
It is critical that the House adopt amendments to restore the mandatory reporting and training provisions. Thanks for your help.