Missouri legislators push for better anti-bullying legislation

Monday, February 14, 2011 | 5:46 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri legislators are proposing changes in state law to help protect school children from bullying.

Lawmakers held a news conference Monday to outline House bills sponsored by Republican Sue Allen, of Town and Country, and Democrat Sara Lampe, of Springfield.

Both measures lay out more details to be addressed in schools' bullying polices. Allen's bill also would create a more specific definition of "cyberbullying" through such means as the Internet and cell phones.

Lampe's legislation also would list various factors such as race, religion and sexual orientation for which bullying would be prohibited.

Efforts to combat school bullying also are backed by the Safe Schools Coalition, which represents about 40 organizations across Missouri.

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