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6:13 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Texas Legislature Approves Anti-Bullying Law

Texas – Texas lawmakers have given final approval to legislation requiring schools to adopt anti-bullying policies and improve methods of prevention.

The Texas Senate voted Monday to send a bill to Gov. Rick Perry that provides a framework for districts to develop and implement policies that prohibit bullying in any form. Perry can sign the bill into law.

The bill gives school boards discretion to transfer a student who bullies another student to a different classroom or campus in the district.

Schools would also have to set out specific methods for reporting and investigating bullying incidents.

Lawmakers have been working to create a zero-tolerance for bullying, since some students have committed suicide as a result of being bullied.

More than 10 different versions of anti-bullying legislation were filed this session.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.