Missouri anti-bullying bill moves forward in House

2 years 9 months 2 days ago Tuesday, March 10 2015 Mar 10, 2015 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:03:00 PM CDT March 10, 2015 in News
By: Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri House bill that would put more restrictions on bullying in schools moved forward Tuesday.

If passed, the bill would change the laws regarding bullying in schools and establishes specific components that a district must include in its anti-bullying policy. 

Missouri state law currently requires school districts to establish a written discipline policy and provide a copy of that policy to the pupil and his parent or legal guardian at the beginning of each school year.

The law also mandates staff receive annual training in regard to handling discipline procedures.

It reads: "The policy of discipline and any interpretations necessary to implement the provisions of the policy in the course of their duties, including but not limited to approved methods of dealing with acts of school violence, disciplining students with disabilities and instruction in the necessity and requirements for confidentiality."

In addition, sections require all school staff to report instances of school violence. One provision defines "act of school violence" or "violent behavior" as actions in which a student intends to do serious harm to another.

Actions that are committed on school property as well as on school busses and during school related functions fall under these protections.

The bill now has to pass the full House before it would go to the Senate.

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