After Suicides, MA Toughens Reporting Rules For Bullying


Invoking two prominent suicides, Massachusetts lawmakers unanimously approved a sweeping measure to crack down on school bullying, saying its strict requirements for reporting student harassment make it one of the nation's toughest, the Boston Globe reports.

The law includes broad prohibitions against any actions that could cause emotional or physical harm, including text messages and taunting over the Internet. It also mandates antibullying training, for faculty as well as students, and requires that parents be informed of incidents at school. At the heart of the measure is the requirement that every school employee, including custodians and cafeteria workers, report incidents of suspected bullying and that principals investigate each case.

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