Missouri lawmakers call for stiffer anti-bullying rules

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | 7:44 a.m. CDT; updated 9:28 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 6, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Several Missouri lawmakers say the state should strengthen its laws against bullying in schools and expand them to include cyberbullying.

House Republican Sue Allen, of St. Louis County, says districts should have policies against cyberbullying, in which students send hurtful text messages, e-mails or web postings to other students. Allen said during a committee hearing Tuesday that such bullying is just as hurtful as physical or in-person intimidation.

Springfield Democrat Sara Lampe and Nixa Republican Ray Weter say on-campus anti-bullying laws should also be changed.

Lampe says the laws should specifically protect students who are bullied because of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. Weter's bill would allow victims of bullying to take legal action against the person intimidating them.



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jacob white April 6, 2011 | 9:20 a.m.

Do you not think it falls under parental responsibility? It is my opinion that the government has no place in off school grounds affaires if it comes to cyber bullying. Parents need to talk to their kids and find out what is going on in their lives and find out if they are struggling emotionally just like a parent being attentive to their grades. But for lawmakers to come in and tell us how to eat, how to look (fat or skinny) or even to tell us how to run are day to day lives is a slippery slope to a little thing called dictatorship.
Also I do feel for the children that have emotional scaring or even worse but with more parental involvement on all aspects of this issue we the people can overcome this without the government telling us what to do.

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Nelson Richter April 6, 2011 | 9:35 a.m.

Parent's responsibility yes but in most of these cases the parent is no where to be found or really cares. When the student brings the anger/hurt to class, the results are usually not good. Many people resent the school serving breakfast, conducting counseling sessions, or even doing basic child raising but in the real world many children come to school unprepared to learn. How many children prepare for school on their own in the morning or come home to an empty house after school? Parent's responsibility, sure, but when? Or should we just continue to cut programs and let these people fend for themselves.

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jacob white April 6, 2011 | 10:11 a.m.

Well that is what I am saying we as parents need to be there for our children and stop relying on the government to take care of them for us. I make my kids breakfast in the mornings even if it may be some fruit and toast, but it is good to have that backup at school for kids if their parent cant (can’t afford to do so) counseling sessions is based on basic human rights just because they are children they are still citizens of this great country and deserve that right and the teachers are there to help develop (raise) them in ways kids are with teachers eight hours a day. I am a single father of two children and it can be hard at times but that’s our main job as parents to provide for our kids not just finical stability but most of all emotional stability. I do not want any school programs cut education is more important for the future generations then it has ever been. If we need to all “get haircuts” stated by our president Obama, let us see how he tightens the belt or all the cabinet members and the rest of the potations why should it only be us that have to be doing so.

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