Anti-Bulling Law Takes Effect in Minnesota

Created: 09/02/2014 6:58 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- With the new school year, comes some new rules. One of them is the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, which was recently passed by the Minnesota legislature.

Tuesday was orientation day for 9th graders at Byron High School.

While wearing costumes to signify which orientation group they're in, the freshmen got the chance to see where their classes are, and figure out their locker combinations.     

But starting at a new school, there could be something else the students might be facing: bullying.

"I think it is a serious issue. No matter how much awareness we put on it, it's still going to exist," said Cammi Ehler, a freshman.

"Tons of viral videos on YouTube and stuff like that, a lot of sad stories," said senior Jared Holm.

Bullying isn't exactly a new issue, but its getting more attention this year, now that the Safe and Supportive Schools Act has become law.

"In response to the legislation, we've done some staff training to begin with. We've put some pieces in place to help us do reporting."

The district has put in place a bully tip line, where students or parents can go online and fill out a report if they see or experience bulling.

There's also a focus on training not only teachers, but students.

"So they can  identify where they can go if they feel harassed and more. So students can identify where they can go if they are bullied," said Superintendent Jeff Elstad.

So while the ninth graders are working through classes, homecoming, and books, they can also have the chance to take a stand against bullying.

"I think it's really cool and other schools should probably try to incorporate something like that because some people are scared to go up and tell someone they're being bullied," said Ehler.

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