Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton yesterday signed a bill strengthening anti-bullying measures in schools, including protecting LGBT students.
The new law will require schools to track and investigate cases of bullying, as well as require school staff be trained in preventing bullying. It is enumerated to protect students who are targeted for anything from sexual orientation and gender identity to physical appearance and welfare status.
It was passed overnight after a long House debate and will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.
At Kenny Elementary School in Minneapolis, bullying prevention is already front and center.
“We have so many of these things in place right now,” said Bill Gibbs, the school’s principal.
Teachers already get positive behavior training, and students learn about bullying on their first day of school.
“We talk to the kids that we never tease anyone about where their family comes from, what their skin color is, whether boys like boys or boys like girls,” Gibbs said.
Awesome, awesome news for Minnesota. We’re well on our way to making this a national standard.
This state rules, and the Twin Cities have always reminded me of a larger Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti. Wish it wasn’t 13 hours away…