Minnesota Could Adopt North Dakota Bullying Laws(WDAZ-TV) - Minnesota's anti-bullying law is under fire from people say it's not being enforced.
(WDAZ-TV) - Minnesota's anti-bullying law is under fire from people say it's not being enforced.
Now, Minnesota is in the process of reviewing North Dakota's law with possible plans to adopt it.
The anti-bullying advocacy group, Bully Police, has given Minnesota a grade of C- for its law, while on the other side of the river, North Dakota received an A++ making the state a staple example on how to prevent school bullying.
10 years ago, principals were worried about students being pushed into lockers but now the torture has gone cyber-that's the case nation-wide.
"A problem for a long time, but just now with the social media with Facebook and texting and all that stuff kids have more access to be bullies," said East Grand Forks Senior High Principal, Brian Loer.
And more opportunity to tease and nag outside of the classroom than in school. In North Dakota, if it interferes with a student's experience-the school takes action.
"And unfortunately what happens is a lot of that occurs off campus but it affects the day to day operations of our schools," said Grand Forks Assistant Superintendent, Jody Thompson.
School officials say the state of Minnesota has enforcement gaps, students aren't being punished for their actions.
"I think they're looking to North Dakota for the standard if you will for anti-bullying legislation," said Thompson.
Among other things, Minnesota hopes to adopt North Dakota's bully investigation and anonymous drop boxes.
"Some kids will go home and talk about it on the internet and they'll then get bullied for talking about it, which I think should stop," said student, Logan Kilishowski.
"People hurt themselves by the things people say. Yeah I had a friend that tried to commit suicide because of it," said student, Kaytlyn.
By educating children at a young age on the effects bullying, officials think they can stop the trend. Luckily in East Grand Forks, the school district hasn't experienced a case where kids harm themselves.
"It hasn't gotten to that level nor do we wish that it will get to that level, that would be just devastating to the district and everybody involved," said Loer.
North Dakota is in the process of a new bully legislation that is expected to be in place by July 2012. That legislation will include stepping up efforts to report cases and new investigation laws.