Bullying in Schools: How is NE Doing?

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With the recent high-profile cases of bullying in schools and the horrible outcomes of that bullying making news headlines, it is a good time for Nebraskans to look at the policies being adopted by our own schools.  In 2008 the Nebraska Legislature passed a law making anti-bullying policies mandatory in Nebraska schools, as is already the case with 41 other states.  We need to be asking ourselves, Are the policies being adopted adequate?  Have Nebraska’s policies gone far enough to protect our children?  Nebraska’s law (LB205) was given a B- by the Bully Police, a watch-dog organization, advocating for bullied children and reporting on each state’s anti-bullying laws.  The Nebraska State Board of Education has the following policy in place for the Nebraska schools:

The State Board of Education encourages local school districts to establish policies and strategies to emphasize and recognize positive behaviors that promote a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff. Local school policies should assist school personnel in identifying bullying, intimidation, and harassment; and provide a framework for an appropriate response that reinforces and encourages positive conduct. 

The tragic story linked below about school bullying once again demonstrates the urgency of school districts assertively dealing with this pressing national problem. 

6 Teenagers Are Charged After Classmate’s Suicide

By ERIK ECKHOLM and KATIE ZEZIMA
Published: March 29, 2010 in the New York Times

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