|Posted:||December 7, 2017 12:42 PM|
|From:||Representative Stephen Kinsey and Rep. Donna Bullock|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Requiring Bullying Education for All Grade Levels|
|In the near future, we will introduce legislation that would require bullying education to be taught in schools across all grade levels.
As we see on almost a daily basis, bullying can have a severe impact on the mental health of children. For instance, over the last several weeks there have been several media reports of suicides attributed to bullying over social media platforms, including a report of a 10 year old child who ended her life because of cyberbullying.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the following statistics in its 2015 biannual national study of Pennsylvania high school students:
Although some school districts have made great strides in adopting bullying prevention policies, there is nothing to address bullying at its root cause. Accordingly, an age-appropriate bullying prevention and interventions program, as a curricular requirement across all grade levels, will enable the Commonwealth to move closer to eliminating bullying as a public health threat.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB2009