Lawmakers Pass Anti-bullying Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at protecting students from being bullied by classmates.

A compromise version passed the Senate and House by wide margins late Wednesday night. The bill now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear.

The measure would enhance the definition of harassment to include student behavior that causes physical harm, intimidation or humiliation for fellow students.

It would require that felony assaults on students be reported to law enforcement. Another provision would allow schools to protect children against cyber-bullying.

Proposals to confront school bullies had died in prior legislative sessions.
The legislation is House Bill 91.

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