New Ohio Bullying Bill

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

Protecting Students. A new Ohio House Bill has passed through both the House and Senate after bullying led to an Ohio student taking her own life.

Jessica Logan took her own life after being continuously bullied in 2008.

"Bullying is a very specific thing. It's not just a single act it's a repeated acts of intimidation over time," says Belpre City Schools Superintendent Tony Dunn.

Intimidation that led to Jessica Logan's death and to a new bill passed by Ohio lawmakers.

Schools attack bullying with zero tolerance.

"We already take a very hard stance with regards to bullying and intimidation," continues Dunn.

A hard stance much like at Belpre City Schools-- the new bill requires parents to know about the bullying.

"We investigate every incident, we report to parents when those things happen so if we have kids that are in conflict with one another then we get ahold of both sets of parents and then we try to get to a resolution," explains Dunn.

Today's high tech world lets bullying spread from the homeroom to just plain old home.

"It's quite a challenge when things happen outside of school many people would like to claim that that's not a school issue but when issues happen in the neighborhoods they often bleed into the school day and cause conflicts at school," says Dunn.

Those who already enforce the new requirements say this is a step in the right direction.

"Even though there are lots of hoops to jump through with this policy I think it does a good job of putting to the forefront the fact that human beings sometimes intimidate one another and it's not good practice," explains Dunn.

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