Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kentucky Anti-Bullying Bill Dies In Committee

The Louisville Courier-Journal (3/14, Wynn) reports that the Kentucky House Education Committee killed a bill "expand anti-bullying laws by linking harassment to sexual orientation, race and other characteristics" on Tuesday along party lines. "The measure called for a prohibition on bullying and harassment in schools, including acts motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities and other distinguishing characteristics. Critics argued that the state's existing anti-bulling law, passed in 2008, provides sufficient safeguards."


The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader (3/14, Brammer) reports that the committee rejected the measure despite "hearing emotional pleas from the parents and friends of teens who committed suicide in recent months." The measure "fell two votes short of having the majority needed to clear the committee," while "some said the proposal had more to do with gay rights than bullying." The AP (3/14, Patrick) also covers this story, noting that lawmakers cited fears that the measure "would give 'special rights' to gay students." WDRB-TV Louisville, KY (3/14, Chinn) also covers this story on its website.

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