Bullying Laws Give Scant Protection

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, September 14, 2009

According to an Associated Press review, laws meant to rein in schoolyard bullying rarely if ever do that.

Adults generally don't enforce such laws and several students' recent suicides have parents and advocates calling for tougher measures.

Forty-four states expressly ban bullying, a legislative legacy of a rash of school shootings in the late '90s, yet few if any of those measures have identified children who excessively pick on their peers. And few offer any method for ensuring the policies are enforced, according to data compiled by the National Council of State Legislatures.

The issue came to a head in April when 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera committed suicide at his Atlanta-area home after his parents say he was repeatedly tormented in school.


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