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Published January 25, 2011, 08:39 PM

Anti-Bullying Bills Get Reviewed In ND Legislature

North Dakota legislators are looking at three anti-bullying bills requiring schools to have policies on bullying. Although some area schools already have anti-bullying programs, school officials and parents say the bills would be a good idea.

North Dakota legislators are looking at three anti-bullying bills requiring schools to have policies on bullying.

Although some area schools already have anti-bullying programs, school officials and parents say the bills would be a good idea.

Being a father of three children under the age of 15, Steve Dorsher wants to make sure his kids are safe at school.

"If you're gonna do something on bullying, something on every level would be good from the classroom on up." Dorsher said.

Dorsher says his kids haven't had too many issues with bullying, but the three anti-bullying bills North Dakota legislators are looking at would help students.

"Kids tend to internalize those things because they feel if they handle them on any level they're gonna get more in trouble." Dorsher said.

The bills would require schools to have policies addressing bullying, along with bullying preventions programs from kindergarten through 12th grade, and a method for talking about policies with students.

"In some of these bills does have to have model legislation and model policies for the schools to adopt and they can modify them to their individual needs if necessary." representative from District 42 Corey Mock said.

Grand Forks Public Schools already have a program in place for acceptable student behavior and bullying. School officials say now with cyber bullying, texting and facebook, it can be even harder to enforce rules.

"You know you can always do better and I think that's what the legislation is probably looking at. Providing some support and hopefully some resources maybe for districts that don't have a comprehensive program." assistant superintendent Jody Thompson said.

Representatives say they're trying to combine the three bills into one, covering all issues. Helping to ease the mind of parents sending their kids off to school.

"It's good to have a viable outlet for them to be able to confide and people to help. The more you have to turn to the less bullying your probably going to have." Dorsher said.

Representatives say the bills have overwhelming support and will be reviewed throughout the week.

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