Anti-Bullying Law In Massachusetts Waits To Be Passed By Governor

May 3rd, 2010 - 8:27 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
southNew York, May 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) It can be now said that the case of Phoebe Prince will not be repeated again in Massachusetts and that no more student will be driven to commit suicide due to bullying at school. On Thursday, the anti-bullying legislation was passed by the state assembly in Massachusetts. The bill is now waiting to be passed by the Governor.

The anti-bulling bill mentions that the school authority will now have to investigate and report any case of bullying at school. The bill also specifies how bullying, which is quite common in local school can be put under criminal offense on the part of the students indulging in it. Bullying other students at school can now fall under cases of stalking and criminal harassment. The bill not only criminalizes bullying at school premise but also takes under its realm the web world which has become a part of the life of teenagers. The definition of bullying includes harassment faced by students over internet in different social networking websites. The bullying of this kind has been termed as “cyber-bullying”. Along with it, the law bars from creating hostile environment for any student, physical aggression or even telephone harassment.

The was passed by the Assembly on the wake of the tragic death of 15 year-old Phoebe Prince, an Irish immigrant girl who killed herself on January 14 ,2010 after being bullied by the students of a local school. The assembly passed the legislation to see to it that no such incident is repeated again. Nine students of the South Hadley High School have been charged in the case of barbarous bullying of Phoebe Prince. Elizabeth Scheibel the local district attorney said that the students have made the life of the deceased “tortuous”.

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