Push Continues For Kansas School Bullying Policy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A group of activists is planning to renew efforts to lobby the Kansas Legislature to expand the definition of bullying and cyberbullying because of ongoing problems in a south central school district.

Parents from the Wichita area and State Board of Education member Walt Chappell are pushing the issue to modify a bullying law passed in 2007. The law requires districts to implement anti-bullying plans but doesn't dictate how districts should handle or track reports of bullying.

Calls for the legislation were prompted by bullying incidents in the Haysville district. Parents say they want districts to make sure students are safe.

Critics say the bullying proposal would increase the paperwork and burden for schools as they deal with bullying incidents.

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