Kudos to Governor Paterson for making New York the 44th state with an anti-bullying law firmly in place. This Dignity For All Students Act safeguards kids from being bullied due to race, color, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, religion or disability. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, a sponsor of the bill said, "Clearly defined anti-bullying policies will help students identify bullying when it occurs and understand its consequences."
The bill requires all schools in the state of New York to be free of discrimination, bias-based bullying, and harassment of any kind. "We're going to take a historic step to make sure that all schools are transformed into havens of understanding and protection," Paterson said.
To see if your state is one of the 44 that has signed into law anti-bullying legislation, go to BullyPolice.org. You'll also be able to see how your state's legislation is ranked. If your state has not passed anti-bullying legislation, make some noise. The more voices speaking out, the sooner things will change.
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