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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Antibullying Bill
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Ways and Means chair Charles A. Murphy wrote:

“Our schools need to be free from bullying in all forms — whether it comes on school grounds, away from school, or over cyberspace. With our actions today, we’re putting school officials, teachers, parents, and students on notice that bullying will not be allowed to interfere with a child’s ability to get an education.’’

The new legislation defines bullying as “the repeated use by a perpetrator of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or physical act or gesture . . . directed at a victim that causes physical or emotional harm or damage to the victim’s property; places the victim in reasonable fear or harm to himself or of damage to his property; [or] creates a hostile environment at school.’’

Read an article about the bill in the Boston Globe here.