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May 20, 2011 7:01 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Anti-Bullying Bill Rejected in the House

Representatives in the house give thumbs down to an anti-bullying bill.

The current anti-bullying law prohibits"harassment, intimidation and bullying" in schools. The new additions would go more into detail about "who" is commonly bullied.

Forum of Equality Field Director, Collin Miller, said "there are a number of characteristics of children who are at a higher risk for bullying."

State Representative, Rickey Hardy, said laying out characteristics "put some teeth in the bill, because some school districts have their own rules, so this is more broad."

House Bill 112 would have made it illegal to bully students about things like religion, gender and the most controversial characteristic--sexual orientation.

Hardy said, "students are trying to go to school to get a quality education and it doesn't matter if you are bi-sexual or homosexual. You are there for an education and you shouldn't have to deal with harassment."

He said every representative in the Acadiana delegation voted for the bill, but it failed in the house-falling ten votes short.

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