AUSTIN -- Parents concerned about the increasing danger of bullying in public schools attended a Senate Education Committee meeting to support a bill intended to give schools more power in dealing with bullying both on and off campus.
The measure by Ft. Worth Senator Wendy Davis, would permit administrators to move a bully into a different class than the victim, and would require notification of bullying to the parents of both the bully and the victim. It would, for the first time, codify the definition of bullying in the discipline section of the Texas education code and would include Internet harassment, or "cyberbullying".
Davis believes Texas can lead the nation in making schools safe and comfortable for all children. "SB 242 protects every child from being bullied, and would make Texas the state with one of the most comprehensive anti-bullying statutes in the nation," said Davis.