Doesn't the corner bully of Hudstone's come from Michigan?

Submitted by Sue Simpson, Michigan Anti Bullying Activist - Thanks Sue!
This bill is currently waiting for passage and when it passes it will receive a B+.
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Michigan
Senate Bill No. 44
January 25, 2005, Introduced by Senator Thomas
Anti bullying Legislation
Introduced by Senator THOMAS and referred to the Committee on Education.
A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled

"The revised school code," - (MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1310b.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

Sec. 1310b.
(1) The board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy shall adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying at school. The content of the policy shall be determined locally but the policy shall contain at least the components in subsection (covers point 1 & 2 of the grading scale www.bullypolice.org/grade.html)
(2). It is recommended that the policy be adopted through a process that includes representation of parents or guardians, school employees, volunteers, pupils, school administrators, and community representatives. Each school district's or public school academy's policy shall include at least each of the following components: (covers point 4 & 5 of the grading scale www.bullypolice.org/grade.html)
(a) A statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a pupil.
(b) A definition of harassment, intimidation, or bullying that includes at least the acts described in the definition in this section.
(c) A description of the type of behavior expected from each pupil.
(d) Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
(e) A procedure for reporting an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, including a provision that permits a person to report an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying anonymously (good!). However, this subdivision shall not be construed to permit formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report.
(f) A procedure for prompt investigation of reports of violations and complaints, identifying either the principal or the principal's designee as the person responsible for the investigation.
(g) The range of ways in which a school will respond once an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying is identified.
(h) A statement that prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and the consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in that type of reprisal or retaliation. (covers point 8 of the grading scale www.bullypolice.org/grade.html)
(i) Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another as a means of retaliation or as a means of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
(j) A statement of how the policy is to be publicized including notice that the policy applies to participation in school-sponsored activities.
(3) Each board or board of directors shall adopt the policy under this section and transmit a copy of its policy to the superintendent of public instruction by September 1, 2006. (covers point 7 of the grading scale www.bullypolice.org/grade.html)
(4) To assist school districts and public school academies in developing policies for the prevention of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, the department shall develop a model policy applicable to grades K-12. This model policy shall be issued no later than December 1, 2005.
(5) A board or board of directors shall ensure that notice of the school district's or public school academy's policy under this section is included in any publication of the school district or public school academy that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for its schools, and in its pupil handbooks.
(6) A school employee, pupil, or volunteer shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, witness, or one with reliable information about an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
(7) A school employee, pupil, or volunteer who has witnessed, or has reliable information that a pupil has been subjected to, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, whether verbal or physical, is encouraged (bad) to report the incident to the appropriate school official designated by the school district's or public school academy's policy.
(8) A school employee who promptly reports an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying to the appropriate school official designated by the school district's or public school academy's policy, and who makes this report in compliance with the procedures in the policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying is not liable for damages arising from any failure to remedy the reported incident. (covers point 9 of the grading scale www.bullypolice.org/grade.html)
(9) Public schools and school districts are encouraged to form bullying prevention task forces, programs, and other initiatives involving school staff, pupils, administrators, volunteers, parents, law enforcement, and community members. (1/2 point given for point 6 of the grading scale www.bullypolice.org/grade.html)
(10) Each school district or public school academy shall do all of the following:
(a) Provide training on the school district's or public school academy's harassment, intimidation, or bullying policies to school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with pupils.
(b) Develop a process for discussing the harassment, intimidation, or bullying policy with pupils.
(11) A school district or public school academy shall incorporate information regarding the school district or public school academy policy against harassment, intimidation, or bullying into each school's employee training program.
(12) This section does not prevent a victim from seeking redress under any other available law, either civil or criminal. This section does not create or alter any tort liability.
(13) As used in this section:
(A) "At school" means in a classroom, elsewhere on or immediately adjacent to school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, at an official school bus stop, or at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises.
(B) "Harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means any gesture or written, verbal, or physical act that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of harming a pupil or damaging his or her property or placing a pupil in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property, or that has the effect of insulting or demeaning any pupil or group of pupils in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school's educational mission or the education of any pupil. (covers point 3 of the grading scale www.bullypolice.org/grade.html) Harassment, intimidation, or bullying includes, but is not limited to, a gesture or written, verbal, or physical act described in this subdivision that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by a pupil's religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, height, weight, or socioeconomic status, or by any other distinguishing characteristic.

What do you think of this new law? How was your childhood? What issues did you have growing up to become a neighborhood bar bum? Did you verbally bully others that were a little slower than you or alot smarter than you? Were they a threat to your insecure psyche?

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