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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:08 am

BOISE(AP) — A bill intended to toughen up on bullies in Idaho public schools has hit a roadblock in the House, making passage of the measure unlikely in the final days of the 2012 Legislature.

Earlier this month, the Senate approved legislation that would give school districts a more active role in policing students who harass and threaten their classmates.

But the bill has yet to get a hearing in the House Education Committee.

House Democrats tried a parliamentary procedure Tuesday that would have yanked the bill from that committee. But the maneuver was voted down by the House 48-21.

Republican Rep. Bob Nonini, the chairman of the education committee, argued against the procedure. He said there is no need for lawmakers to impose additional anti-bullying policies on schools.

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9 comments:

  • aayupp posted at 8:39 pm on Wed, Mar 28, 2012.

    aayupp Posts: 319

    after all, mr nonini says, i was a big bully in school and it never bothered me. old wives tale -- that "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me". obviously, not correct based on current shootings and suicides by the young. agressive discipline is the answer for these losers. .

     
  • E Kim Skumsky posted at 1:46 pm on Wed, Mar 28, 2012.

    E Kim Skumsky Posts: 445

    Thanks for the links HG. So Rep Nonini is right in saying there are existing laws. The changes aren't much, more of emphasizing than changing except the part where it requires districts to make ant-bullying rules more explicit (and requires anti-bullying training, but doesn't mention $$ for this training). Not sure if I could agree to the changes without knowing more.

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 9:56 am on Wed, Mar 28, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    lola,

    You do realize that bullying only get worse after school, why would you want to handcuff our kids from knowing how to handle bullying neighbors, workers and strangers they will have to deal with the rest of their lives.

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 8:31 am on Wed, Mar 28, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    Well, since the Federal government is looking at passing a law that would prevent Private and public entities from using social media companies as tools to discriminate for jobs. Any law from a state that permits this type of activity will be fought in court and cost the state money, while solving no problems.
    BFF laws, so no one feels left out?
    Teaching kids to be strong minded individuals, and only you can make yourself a victim. Is what will stow bullying, nothing will ever end it. Continuing to teach kids to be social simbots and victims only encourages bullies of their ability to have control.

     
  • lola123 posted at 6:36 am on Wed, Mar 28, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 348

    You are correct mr d. The state needs to fund the schools so they are not penalized for expelling or suspending the 3% that cause most of the problems for the 97 percentile. The schools are on a tight enough budget as is. Bullying should be a zero tolerance issue and be dealt with swiftly.

     
  • mister d posted at 7:21 pm on Tue, Mar 27, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    If you are correct hayden guy then it sounds like the legislature needs to better fund schools so this won't have to happen. Sad how financially desperate schools now have to be to provide a decent education to the next generation. This area has had a great record of helping to produce kids who achieve in society.

     
  • hayden_guy posted at 6:20 pm on Tue, Mar 27, 2012.

    hayden_guy Posts: 400

    E Kim Skumsky-
    Here are the current rules/laws
    http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/laws_idaho.page

    Here is the proposed bill that Nonini is blocking-
    http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2012/S1358.pdf

    Rationale- "We need to go back to the days where suspensions and expulsions were actually utilized." I can tell you why they are not. $$$$$$$. If a student is suspended and not in school, the school is not getting the money for that student for those days. Money is so tight now that suspensions are not used that often, only in extreme cases. I agree with you though, get the kids out, do not let them make up the work when they are suspended, tell them to come back next semester/year and try again when they are ready to play by the rules.

     
  • Rationale posted at 12:36 pm on Tue, Mar 27, 2012.

    Rationale Posts: 1976

    Somebody needs to tell this nimrod that the rules obviously in place aren't working. That means: a) new legislation is needed, or b) he's blaming the schools for not enforcing the current rules.

    So, Nonini, when are you going to stop tying the hands of the schools?

    We need to go back to the days where suspensions and expulsions were actually utilized.

     
  • E Kim Skumsky posted at 12:26 pm on Tue, Mar 27, 2012.

    E Kim Skumsky Posts: 445

    Does any know what the exsting anti-bullying measures are?

    "Republican Rep. Bob Nonini, the chairman of the education committee, argued against the procedure. He said there is no need for lawmakers to impose additional anti-bullying policies on schools."

     
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