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Continued: Backers push anti-bullying bill in 2014 Minnesota legislative session

  • Article by: KIM MCGUIRE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 9, 2013 - 9:38 PM

“I didn’t tell anybody,” she said. “I didn’t think there was any policy in place to help me. I didn’t think teachers cared.”

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools bill was introduced a year after a March 2012 landmark anti-bullying settlement resolved a federal investigation and a lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The suit, filed by six students in 2011, involved bullying based on real or perceived sexual orientation. Students and officials in the district have described progress against bullying in the wake of actions taken by the district before and after the settlement.

In 2009, a Safe Schools for All bill passed both the House and the Senate but was vetoed by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who said, in part, that the existing law was sufficient because it prohibits bullying “against any student for any reason.”

Kim McGuire • 612-673-4469

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