An anti-bullying bill that passed Texas Senate today would require school districts to adopt a policy to prohibit, prevent and investigate bullying, both in person and online.
Similar legislation is already in force in 37 other states, according to our political reporting parnter, the Texas Tribune.
In addition to adding a definition of cyber-bulllying to the statute, SB 205 requires districts to develop specific policies to prevent and investigate aggressive behavior from students. It also includes a provision that holds school district officials accountable for failing to address reports of bullying.
"School districts should be encouraged to develop policies against bullying, and I believe the provisions of those policies are best determined by school officials at the local level," she told Hair Balls through her press spokesperson.
Youth First Texas - an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teenagers - is among the groups supporting stricter anti-bullying laws. It produced a series of web videos from teenagers giving first hand accounts of their bullying experiences.