weakest in the nation
changes have been made .
and now lawmakers want Minnesota to have some of the
strongest anti-bullying policies.
News eight's Kyle Dimke is in studio with more.
Mike and Lisa .
this anti-bullying legislation is a hot button issue
Hundreds waited in line yesterday to take part in
the first hearing of this legislative session.
The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act is once
again met with lots of support and lots of opposition.
But one local school district thinks .
putting something in place is a good place to start.
At Houston High School.
bullying is taken seriously...
and it's dealt with early on.
HL: We have a 7th grade mentoring program and we actually
just today worked a lot with cyber bullying.
I think especially because it's a 7-12 building, coming
in as a 7th grader its really important to address
bullying right away.
But students and staff know.
there's no easy solutions to the problem...
MM: 1- it's a need that needs to be addressed nationally,
i think it needs to be addressed in every school.
Some of what the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools
Act would do is
GRAPHIC: clearly define bullying.
GRAPHIC: Give added protection to students more likely
to be bullied.
GRAPHIC: Provide training for students and staff.
GRAPHIC: and put specific procedures in place for
staff to follow after bullying has occured.
But opponents of the bill say the language is too
They're concerned that certain groups are gaining
more protection from bullying than others.
MN Rep: For us, the current bill is overreach.
It's unfunded mandate, takes away local control, it's
vague and has little support from school boards, teachers
and those associations.
Superintendent 6- i think we all want the same thing.
We all want to prevent it, we all want to have everybody
treated equally it's just a matter of how we go about
And that is what the debate is, but in the end I
think we all want the same thing.
And the Superintendent says the outcome is what's
Superintendent 1- I think if theres going to be a
legislation we just need to make sure that it's something
that people can support and most importantly will
help prevent bullying.
HL: 2- We need support from everyone, faculty and
students, if we want something to change we need everyone
At yesterdays hearing Republicans tried to introduce
their own bill called Stomp Out Bullying.
They said it was modeled from other successful states
anti-bullying laws and has lots of national support.
But the idea was shot down by the chair of the education
The bill will now move on to the Senate Finance Committee
before heading to the Senate floor.
News 8 helped create a website full of anti-bullying
information and resources.
the compassion project dot me.