The Senate has approved and sent to the House a bill that would direct how North Carolina school districts should write anti-bullying policies. Senators voted 26-22 on Wednesday to support the legislation. The chamber gave initial approval Tuesday by a similar, close vote after lengthy debate. There was no debate Wednesday. The measure would require districts set policies that list perceived characteristics of a person susceptible to bullying. Bill supporters said the list is needed to ensure districts know what type of bullying is unacceptable. Conservative Christian groups and the state's Roman Catholic bishops opposed the bill because of the list, particularly references to sexual orientation and gender identity. They say it could encourage approval of same-sex marriage.(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 5/06/09).
Editor's note: this is on the NASW-NC's legislative agenda. Congratulations to NC for seeing the perils of not protecting all kids.