Anti-Bully Bill Clears Senate

March 24, 2003
Posted at: 9:29 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Senate gave final legislative approval for an anti-bullying bill for the state's school districts Monday.

The bill would give districts flexibility to develop policies to deal with students who harass other students. Supports say the measure would not cost the schools any money, while teachers and administrators have endorsed the proposal.

The bill requires school districts to define bully behavior, prohibit it and set consequences. It also would require school employees who witness bullying behavior to report it to school officials.

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