Making schools bully-free zones

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr.Thousands of school children are staying home from school each day to avoid bullies, and that's unacceptable to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. He is advocating for legislation intended to curb bullying in schools and on social media.

The Safe Schools Improvement Act would require districts in states receiving federal education funds to adopt codes of conduct that specifically ban bullying and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion. States would also be required to report data on bullying and harassment to the U.S. Department of Education.

Speaking to students at Coatesville Area Senior High School at the start of the school year, Casey emphasized that students who are bullied are not alone.

"If you've been a victim of bullying, and you've had to weather that storm in your life, I want you to know there are people who care about you," he said.

Geometry teacher Victoria Cooper told students at the event that bullying is at an all-time high but that they could help turn the tide.

"I encourage students every day to be a force for change," Cooper told Post. "Our students have the power to do that — to make a difference when bullying occurs at school or on social media. By speaking up and spreading kindness, they can put an end to bullying and help create a school environment that embraces everyone despite our differences"


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