Anti-bullying legislation could affect local school districts

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Monday, January 25 2016 Jan 25, 2016 Monday, January 25, 2016 8:21:00 AM CST January 25, 2016 in News
By: Stephanie Sierra, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - New anti-bullying legislation is being heard in committee Monday that could require mid-Missouri school districts to implement new policies.

In 2007, Missouri law made it a requirement for every school district to have an anti-bullying policy. However, Rep. Sue Allen (R-Town and Country) introduced a bill, HB 1583, earlier this month to propose additional anti-bullying policies for school districts to implement.

If passed, the bill would require all school district employees to be trained and educated on youth suicide prevention and awareness. In addition there would be the following changes regarding reporting incidents of bullying:

-A district employee who either witnessed or received a notice of the the bullying must report the incident to the anti-bullying representative within two days of the incident.

-Subsequently, within one day of the report being filed, the school principal or his/her representative should investigate what happened.

-The investigation must be completed within 10 days of the report being filed.

Rep. Allen said the main intent of her bill is to make sure each school district has guidelines to ensure the policies are actually being practiced.

"Every school district handles how they implement anti-bullying policies in a different way," Allen said.

Many mid-Missouri school districts already have extensive anti-bullying policies in place. Columbia School District's current polices include most of the main goals of the bill. CPS has programs to outline student discipline, outreach and prevention programs, in addition to guidance counselors. 

"The elements that are outlined in the proposal for HB 1583 are all things Columbia Public Schools is already addressing," Michelle Baumstark, CPS Communication Director, said.

Allen said one her main concerns include addressing the bullying policy, communicating effectively with all parties involved, working with the bullier, and identifying the behavior.

However, Baumstark said that you have to be careful as a school district identifying the behavior.

"You want to be cautious that you are not turning that individual into a victim of bullying, because that does not serve the purporse or intent of it being a learning experience," Baumstark said.

Despite previous requirements, these new restrictions would affect many surrounding public school districts' current policies: Columbia, Jefferson City, Hallsville, and Wentzville.

The main additions this bill includes involve setting a timeline for how and when bullying incidents are handled, but not how a school implements the policies.

The required training on youth suicide prevention for district employees would include the following procedures: 

1. Strategies that can help identify students who are at possible risk of suicide

2. Strategies and protocols for helping students at possible risk of suicide

3. Protocols for responding to a suicide death

The anti-bullying coordinator for Wentzville public schools was very pleased with this proposed additional training.

"This is excellent training to have, it can save a child's life," Dr. Melody Mark Antonio said.

The hearing will be held on Monday at 5 p.m. in House Hearing Room 3.

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Friday was the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, and on Saturday, members of the Jefferson City community... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:03:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R- Harrisonville announced the winner of her annual congressional art competition Saturday afternoon. ... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:29:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Community members took laps around the MizzouRec Saturday to raise money for Relay For Life of Mizzou’s main event,... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 3:14:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - For the past five years, Osage Heritage Elementary has hosted a Color Run to raise funds for... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:29:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A former St. Louis-area teacher will be on five years of probation for having sex with a... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:43:59 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) — A former St. Louis-area day care teaching assistant has been found guilty of molesting a 5-year-old... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:40:09 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -- Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of E. Ashley St. at 11:08 p.m.... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 6:27:00 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri legislators approved numerous changes Thursday to local elections, including allowing voters to request absentee ballots... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:27:13 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Casey Shoemate, a 26-year-old Miller County sheriff's deputy, died Friday night after colliding head-on with another vehicle... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Retailer Sears will close its Columbia Mall store this summer because the location has become unprofitable. Sears Director... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 8:46:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A local non-profit organization, Columbia Access Television, hosted a 24-hour film contest that started Friday at 5:30 pm. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - Community members are coming together to help a family who lost their children in a fire get... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – As more and more fraternities face misconduct charges across the nation, the Greek community of MU is looking... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 6:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens is remaining defiant in the face of a new felony charge. On... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children filled school gymnasiums across Columbia for the second day of the Unbound Book Festival. The festival showcases... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed 13 lives. The Columbia Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After the deadly fire in Lake Ozark, officials from the Division of Fire Safety are working to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
6am 52°
7am 51°
8am 51°
9am 52°