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Ten Republicans Introduce Bullying Legislation In New York Senate

A nice surprise:
Ten New York Republican Senators have introduced legislation to the State Senate that will ban homophobic bullying in schools. The 'Safe Schools for All Children Bill' calls for training to help teachers identify and respond to bullying and places the responsibility of keeping tack on bullying cases with schools. The bill also includes protection for transgender students and teachers and a cyber-bullying stipulation. The bill would not grant parents and students the right to sue.
In February, openly gay legislator Daniel O' Donnell successfully sponsored similar legislation in the Assembly, the Dignity For All Students Act, which passed by a lopsided 130-9. If the Senate approves the anti-homophobic bullying bill just introduced, New York will become the 12th state to so protect its LGBT students.

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