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Massachusetts Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Bill Into Law Strengthening Protections for LGBT Students

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed an anti-bullying bill into law strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities, the Boston Herald reports.

GLSEN applauded the law:

“As the 17th state to pass inclusive anti-bullying legislation, Massachusetts is sending an impactful message to its LGBT youth,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “LGBT students in Massachusetts can feel confident their educators are committed to providing them with the safe and inclusive school environments they deserve. GLSEN looks forward to the day when every student in every school in the country can feel just as supported.”

H. 3909, “An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools,” will update existing anti-bullying legislation by requiring every district to include specific protections in their bullying prevention plan recognizing frequently targeted groups, including LGBT youth.

The legislation will also implement two key methods of tracking incidences of bullying: a student survey to be conducted every four years gathering information about school safety and climate, and a data collection and reporting mechanism allowing officials to better measure and evaluate the impact of anti-bullying efforts.

The Massachusetts House and Senate approved the bill in February and March, respectively. Gov. Patrick, a longtime supporter of bullying prevention initiatives such as a limited 2010 law designed to help educators report, prevent and address bullying, signed the bill in a ceremony today.

(image via twitter senator sonia chang-diaz)

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  1. Those white flags in the background are unfortunately placed, especially the one on the right.

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 24, 2014 5:58:50 PM


  2. and the meanest bullies in Massachusetts are furious because this new law impinges on their religious freedom or something.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 24, 2014 6:46:09 PM


  3. If elected Governor, I, Scott Lively will overturn this hateful bill.
    It's time to bring Biblical values back into the schools.
    These are very dark days in Massachusetts and across America, and growing steadily darker. I believe it is time for Christians with a strong Biblical worldview to rise up and preach the whole truth of the Bible as widely and boldly as possible. Massachusetts is the bluest of the blue states: the first to adopt socialized medicine and “gay marriage,” the national model for promoting homosexuality to children in the public schools, and the most aggressive defender of child-killing through abortion. The Mass Republican Party is solidly controlled by moderate to liberal “progressives” and the Democrats are virtual communists. They both embrace and champion the culture of death. With these two liberal parties splitting the liberal vote, a true conservative independent could win the governorship.

    Posted by: unlively | Apr 25, 2014 4:00:33 AM


  4. wtf? ^

    Posted by: Usagi-chan | Apr 25, 2014 9:13:58 AM


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