Bullying bill could have new life

The Georgia House passed a controversial bill designed to give more strength to the state’s anti-bullying laws.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) didn’t make it through the House by last Friday’s Crossover Day, the deadline for measures to clear one chamber.

But the bill on Tuesday made it through as an amendment to a measure dealing with school bus safety.

The amendment was approved 95 to 55, and the bill then cleared 119 to 45.

House members previously considered, but tabled the bullying legislation.

Rep. Carolyn Hughley (D-Columbus) said the measure was needed and timely.

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March 30th, 2010
10:56 am

I am happy to read that a school bus bill can become a “vehicle” for another bill.


March 30th, 2010
10:56 am

When 2nd graders are killing themselves because they are being viciously bullied and the schools turn the other way to keep their hands clean… it is time to do something.

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March 30th, 2010
11:16 am

I second Yesh’s thought. Amen!


March 30th, 2010
11:20 am

This is a great bill. Finally someone with common sence.

Dixie Darling

March 30th, 2010
11:28 am

Why just on school buses? Why not everywhere school activities are? In the classroom, on the school ground, during all classes and special programs, and by all means on school buses.


March 30th, 2010
11:35 am

They really need to pass this bill. My son was bullied by this boy that is headed straight to prison in the near future! My Son got tired of this bully and beat his behind. I reported it to a middle school in Lithonia and had to go to a hearing. While waiting the bully’s mother heard me refer to her obviously troubled child as a bully and she quickly defended him. Since the incident with my son on the school bus this boy has been expelled from this middle school. He is now in an alternative school (which they really should have put him in jail) and now he is still harrassing other children and beating them up! This boy needs thearpy..however his mother is still sadly in denial! This law need to pass! All the other children need to do is beat bully’s behinds…even if they don’t win the fight I guarantee you that that bully will think twice before messing with your child again! :)


March 30th, 2010
11:44 am

I co-sign you 100% Dixie Darling! Something should also be done about cyber bullying.

anne j

March 30th, 2010
11:54 am

a bullying incident happen tp my nephew i asked him if it happen again to tell teacher he told she took her cell phone from her ear and said you all stop that it happen again she did nothing i told if he hit you again kick his but then she to take them to the office he asked can i call my aunt i went to school and told the principal what happen these teacher should be held accountable for their action and they not be allowed to use their phone during call someone give me your take


March 30th, 2010
12:02 pm

Just what we need. More ambivilant laws written to further insure our need to have a family attorney on retainer to deal with every type of behavior. Is teasing bullying? You cant codify every type of malady and innappropriate behavior. We already have laws against battery and such and as tragic as some things are, you cant write al law for everything.. I say bring back the paddle and let the principle beat the bully’s ass and send him home.

anne j

March 30th, 2010
12:04 pm

i was keying slower than i was thinkin pls let us remember these kids that’s being bullied try to obey the school rules teacher step up do your job so you can sleep well at nite


March 30th, 2010
12:21 pm

There are upwards of 20,000 gun laws nationwide but we still have guns, laws for breaking the law, yet it still happens. While I can sympathize for the pro-position creating more laws is not going to stop bullying from happening. Pamela states he needs more therapy. I concur….Do you really think therapy occurs in jail?


March 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

Sound like a great idea, as long as there is a coherent enforceable definition of bullying which of course is unlikely if not impossible

Ms. KP

March 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

I have to pat myself on the back. My son came home for two weeks not wanting to go to school. I tried to tell his idiot father something is wrong because as a kid who loves school something is wrong. After I did my investigation is was determined that he was being picked on. I immediately called the school and told them to fix the situation before it became a problem, because once I come up there all bets are off. We I am pleased to say that the had the kid call his mother and he had to tell her he was bullying after he talked to her they had a conversation with her and explained to her the severity of his actions. Not to mention I was about to kick is azz that is the severity of his actions. I digress. They had a long talk with his class and explained the zero tolerance for bullying. Overall I was pleased at how the situation was handled. I try and teach my kids to walk away and defend yourself only if neccessary but if walking away causes him to be bulllied, I told him to “go for broke” and let me deal with the consequences. Fun dad in light of my vent, I agree with you. Paddling in school worked for me. I got embarassed one time in front of my 3rd grade cluster and that was it.


March 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

Now lets see the school systems enforce it, dont hold your breath because so many of the bullys are the wealthier kids.


March 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

Bring back corporal punishment!! start them in preschool and i promise you they will respect authority when they are in high school!! give authority back to the teacher to instill a bit of fear and respect into the kids like we had as kids! I NEVER TALKED BACK TO A TEACHER! I feared two things…..number 1 the office and a possible paddling and …..number 2 the wrath of my parents when it was reported to them!! Oh how i long for the good ole days of “the enforcer” or “attitude adjuster”! and DON’T tell me it is violence! time out hasn’t worked yet!!!

Nelson Muntz

March 30th, 2010
1:58 pm

I’m not wealthy. Thats why I beat kids up for their lunch money…..NOW HAND IT OVER WUSS!

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March 30th, 2010
2:03 pm

It is ok for all the adults to act like bully’s but not the children where did the ax head fall I wonder.


March 30th, 2010
2:28 pm

Here we go again! Let’s make another law and take away individual responsibility and individual freedom. Let government teach, monitor, and correct our children. I bet some kid somewhere is going to tagged by this for little or no reason. It is like hate crimes. We will hang you twice if it is racial, gender, or sexual preference. You people are wusses and you training you kids to be wusses too. I guess you will call that education and affluence. Look where college trained minds have gotten us in the last 24months!

Garry Owen

March 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

Make bullying an offense that the parents must serve the punishment for!


March 30th, 2010
3:58 pm

While were at it, could we pass a bullying bill to get Tea Partiers to stop threatnening violence against members of Congress? Maybe we could also make it illegal for Republicans to call Democrats “Socialists” or “Baby Killers”. I guess this type of bullying is acceptable. Why should children be expected to act any differently than adults?


March 30th, 2010
4:04 pm


March 30th, 2010
4:05 pm

A couple of things, 1) individual responsibility would be great if the parents were teaching these kids about it – they usually are as bad if not worse than the kids. 2) teachers, principals, counselors, etc. need to be held to their own rules, when a teacher or principal bullies a student it is shrugged off quite often, even when it becomes physical. My son was bullied by a boy who chased him through the school and pushed him down a set of stairs, my son managed to run fast enough to get away after that. We reported it and the principal and teachers did nothing. Fast forward, a teacher threatened my son at the entrance to a school dance and again at the school, my son did not respond (several students witnessed the altercations), my son did not get in trouble … the teacher received a warning and had to write a letter of apology. According to the schools policy the teacher was to be fired for physically harming my son…never happened. Laws agains bullying are necessary but we need to hold parents, kids, teachers and adminstrators responsible when things go terribly wrong, not just the kids.


March 30th, 2010
4:26 pm

I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that many comments here are by people who have no idea what the bill is about.
It’s a common-sense law that clarifies for school districts across the state what bullying is and what schools can do and need to do when bullying occurs. Current rules are unclear and don’t provide much support to teachers and principals to handle students that bully. The teachers support this. Local school boards support this.
All kids need a safe environment in order to learn and this bill helps schools across the state to accomplish that vital goal.


March 30th, 2010
4:46 pm

2 thing. 1) Parents need to stop raising there kids to be p***y’s by handling all there problems and teaching them that nothing is ever there fault. and 2) Just take the bully outside and have the grounds keeper chase him with a chainsaw. Radical…maybe? The kid would never be a problem again.


March 30th, 2010
5:07 pm

In my humble opinion, the school must provide protection for the children when they are in school. If they do not, they are not doing a good job for the children or the community. You must identify the offenders and expell them permenently. Let the parents worry about their educations.


March 30th, 2010
9:41 pm

This is an instance of organized stalking – not as extreme as the state-sanctioned campaigns directed at adults – but intensified for a teenager because she can’t simply stop going to school or switch schools.

I cover the incident here:


As for understanding the issue of state-sanctioned organized stalking:


There’s some strange stuff going out on there that isn’t reported on any news station. Yet.Enter your comments here