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Iowa Lawmakers Move Ahead With Anti-Bullying Bill

Posted at: 03/05/2013 10:31 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the state House are moving forward with anti-bullying legislation backed by Gov. Terry Branstad.

A House education subcommittee approved 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 such as Facebook.
 
The legislation is expected to get a committee hearing later this week.
 
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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3/5/2013 10:16:07 AM (GMT -6:00)