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Iowa Lawmakers to Take Up Anti-Bullying Bill

Posted at: 03/05/2013 7:20 AM
Updated at: 03/05/2013 7:33 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the state House are set to take up anti-bullying legislation backed by Gov. Terry Branstad.
    
A House subcommittee is scheduled to debate the bill Tuesday. The legislation would strive to deal with so-called cyber-bullying by updating state guidelines for school districts to include bullying that occurs outside school on social media sites like Facebook.
    
Branstad convened a bullying prevention summit in Des Moines in November.
    
Last April, a 14-year-old boy from Primghar committed suicide following bullying at school and online after he told people he was gay. In June, a Mason City girl and her mother sued the Mason City school district, saying it did nothing to protect the teen from bullying.

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