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House panel forwards school anti-bullying bill

March 2, 2013

MARSHALL — A little more than one year ago, Gov. Mark Dayton established the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying....

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Mar-04-13 2:39 PM

"The time and money needs to be spent educating parents on how to help their kids deal with and tolerate bullies."

No, the time and money needs to be spent on educating the bullies. Parents often don't know their children are being bullied because the kids are embarrassed to talk about it. And to say that the kids need to learn how to deal with and tolerate bullies? I can't think of a single situation where bullying should be tolerated by anybody in a school setting.

The only thing a bullied student needs to be educated on is that it's OK to tell a teacher or the principal about the problem.

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Mar-04-13 9:37 AM

There is an old adage that you can't legislate common sense. I know policy makers want to "do something" but I'm not so sure that they aren't just creating more bureaucracy for the teachers and administrators that are already doing a good job of combating bullying and not providing any help to those who are not. Nobody condones bullying, but bureaucracy is not the answer to addressing it.

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Mar-04-13 9:19 AM

Making more laws and forcing schools to spend more money is not going to help the bullying problem. Bullies are not going to quit just because the school has "rules" against bullying. The time and money needs to be spent educating parents on how to help their kids deal with and tolerate bullies. When I was in high school (early nineties) bullies did not quit until the he/she was stood up to by either the person they were bullying or someone else who finally stood up for the bullyee. No amount of laws or rules are going to fix this problem. Educate and empower parents and students.

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Mar-03-13 7:37 PM

Why do we need to spend an additional million when we have state and local educators, reams of information on the internet and other task forces that have studied this issue?

What are they doing to earn their salaries?

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