Anti-Bullying Bill Signed Into Law

Created: 04/09/2014 11:01 PM

 (ABC 6 News) --  A bill aimed at better protecting students from bullying at school is now law in Minnesota.

Governor Mark Dayton signed the legislation this afternoon following its passage in the house.

The Safe and Supportive Schools Act requires all schools to develop a comprehensive anti-bullying policy. Schools must also investigate all allegations in a timely manner and train staff on prevention.

Vangie Castro with the Rochester Diversity Council was part of a task force that created recommendations used by lawmakers.
"This is to give students a voice,to give them the opportunity to be able to stand up for themselves and advocate for themselves and to hold schools accountable," Castro said.

Most Republicans opposed the bill while Democrats supported it.  It takes Minnesota's anti-bullying law from one of the weakest in the nation to one of the strongest.