ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says the state needs to “create a strong tone and school culture” against bullying with more investigation, reporting and discipline around cases.

Swanson and a Democratic legislator on Wednesday proposed toughening Minnesota law to match an anti-bullying model recently adopted in North Dakota.

“We want to open the windows and let the air in. When bullying happens, it often happens in secret. It’s not reported, it’s not investigated. What we’re trying to do is, foster an environment in which bullying would be reported and would be taken seriously,” Swanson said.

It would require schools to bolster their anti-bullying policies and report annually to the state about incidents they look into. Those policies would have to include disciplinary measures for substantiated bullying behavior, including law enforcement notification in some instances.

Minnesota’s current bullying law is one paragraph long and leaves much to the discretion of school districts. Swanson says school districts would still craft their own policies as long as they meet minimum state standards.

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Comments (12)
  1. See BS says:

    A 1968 Supreme Court Ruling says public schools are not enclaves for totalitarianism and public school children have 1st Amendment rights.

    Swanson is just trying to make a lawsuit gravy boat for lawyers that’s all.

    False Victimhood money laundering

  2. fred says:

    slow day at the office, lori?…..maybe move on to something more important… pretty much anything else.

    1. Tom says:

      @ Fred

      Just because bullying doesn’t exist in the bubble you live in doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Do you watch the news where teenagers commit suicide from being bullied? If school officials would actually pay attn more instead of sitting there with their thumb up their butt things might be different.

      1. fred says:

        @tom …somebody talks some trash to little pugsley, now we need tough new laws……maybe you should pop that bubble you must live in and take a walk on the street.

  3. Todd W. Olson says:

    Trollin’ trollin’, trollin’…

  4. Ricky says:

    I’m trolling, I’m trolling by balls are rolling there red and swollen, I’m trolling I’m trolling..

    1. Fred says:

      Ricky get off of your moms computer and go to bed

  5. Suzi says:

    Well I have two kids in grade school and I know that lack of funding for more supervision at recess and in the halls is cause of some. It needs to be more strict. If there isnt anyone there to supervise all kids things can happen and will. There just isnt the money there. But money from schools keeps getting pulled. I guess that is the way of it. Our kids are our future and look how we treat them.

  6. Mel says:

    More pussification of America. How’s about just getting some of your friends together and kicking the cr@p out of your bullies??!! Seriously, start growing a spine already…

  7. Reailty says:

    Sad day. I was bullied it was part of school didn’t bother me to much. I seemed to have found away to use it to my advantage. Now I don’t care what people think and I do the bullying now.

  8. seriously says:

    Yep agreed just another class of victim created. How much farther are we going to go down the progressive road before we put a stop to it???? This is clearly for the the benefit of the gays. They get harrassed because even kids know it’s wrong. Imagine bullying a gay, half black, part middle eastern, part mexican, illegal alien. They’d add a hate crime on top of it. This is the definition of infuriating.

  9. GOPSUX says:

    Ronald Raygun began class warfare in 1981

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