Supporters of bill to expand anti-bullying law rally in capitol

Dozens came to Frankfort with a number of rallying calls and demands.

“What do we want? Fairness!When do we want it? Now!,” the crowd gathered in the rotunda exclaimed Wednesday afternoon.
Among the main goals of the fairness coalition is House Bill 370, which expands upon the current anti-bullying statutes in Kentucky schools.

“Children should be able to go to school and not worry about being bullied because of who they are, what they wear,” said parent Sue Carter.

If passed, discipline codes would have to include provisions for kids bullied because of sexual orientation or gender. Meghan Lampe says she knows such bullying first hand.

“I started getting pushed against lockers. No one wanted to be around me. No one wanted to talk to me because I was the gay kid,” she said.

The bill passed out of committee 21 to 1. One group, The Family Foundation, is opposed to it because they say it could actually force bullying on those with different traditional beliefs about homosexuality.

The group says the law would ensconce gay rights in schools. But supporters of the bill say more should be done to protect those of different sexual orientation.

“I think it would get teachers to actually do something about it to stop it. Instead of just sitting there,” said student Jacob Wilson.

House Bill 370 now goes to the House Floor where it could be voted on as early as Thursday.

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