Anti-Bullying Bill Awaits Gov. Snyder's Signature

State Senate passes House version after its proposal drew controversy.

An anti-bully bill that originally drew criticism for not going far enough to protect children in Michigan will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

A House version of the proposed law, which requires all school districts to create a policy, passed the state Senate today by a vote of 35-2.

A previous Senate version had drawn criticism because it allowed an exception for bullies who have "a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction." It also didn't clearly protect students who could be bullied because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Earlier this month State Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, said HB-4163, which did not include the controversial language, was an improvement and the best way to truly protect children.

"Schools should have a zero tolerance for bullying, and special carve-outs are not necessary and potentially damaging," Ouimet said. "The House bill protects all students, no matter what type of bullying is taking place."

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a statement today that he is pleased  the Senate reconsidered its position and passed the bill, without amendment

“The protection of our children from physical and emotional harm is a moral obligation and responsibility of everyone," according to the statement.

Guy Fawkes December 02, 2011 at 05:07 PM
I'm not anti religion. I'm anti anyone who uses their religion to harm people, or their religion causes them to harm people. Sounds like me and this Balckwell kid would have gotten along great.
Daryl Patrishkoff December 02, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Guy, Your gig is up, you keep going away with one name, then show up with the same cheap shots at people with another name. I have seen you and your comments under at least 3 different names in the short time I have been active on the Patch. Do you think we are stupid? Sounds like we should have had Gov Snyder sign the bully bill with an amendment to cover you and your bullying actions on this site! The way you approach things gets you completely ignored, how about a positive approach with your real name and join in on a civil conversation? I am sure you have some intelligent comments to throw into the mix, but your approach is just noise, seems very foolish and gets discounted quickly.
Tim Stamp December 02, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Oh, you're not anti-religion? Allow me to refresh your memory from your post yesterday. "Interesting that you would appear to be starting to make the case that religion isn't one of if not the single biggest sources of discrimination against gay kids and the country's gay culture ... and then give a perfect example of it. Incase you hadn't noticed, when it comes to the ignorance, bigotry, and self aggrandizing that religion seems to have cursed our species with, I put fundamentalcase islamists in the same stinking heap as I do fundamentalcase christians. They've both been made insane by their sick beliefs." Sounds pretty anti-religion to me, especially that last sentence. Who's morally unmoored, Mr. (insert your name here since you're to spineless to give an identity). By the way, it looked to me like you had to have the last word of our previous discussion. What was it you called me? Oh yeah, "last wordnick". Go ahead, I'll let you have the last word here as well.
Teresa Mask December 02, 2011 at 08:08 PM
It's terrific to see how much conversation this topic has generated. We love it. Remember, though, to keep the comments about the subject at hand and not about the people who are expressing opinions on the issue. Thanks!
Guy Fawkes December 02, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Daryl: Yes.


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