Thursday, April 29, 2010

Senator Tisei's Statement on Bullying Bill

Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei released the following statement today following the Legislature's passage of anti-bullying legislation:

"I applaud the members of the conference committee for putting together a well-crafted bill that seeks to address the very serious problem of bullying in Massachusetts.

The recent suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince exposed just how inadequate our current laws are, particularly when it comes to addressing the problem of cyber-bullying. No child should ever have to endure the constant harassment that Phoebe and other young bullying victims have been subject to, and my hope is that these changes we have made today will make our schools safer for all students.

This bill sends a clear message that students who are being bullied will be protected and those who are doing the bullying will face serious consequences for their actions. I call on Governor Patrick to sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk."