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Federal legislation would provide money to fight bullying in schools

7:29 AM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- This month, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take a step forward in the efforts to curb school bullying.

There is federal grant money already available to boost school safety but this bill would refine the current law.  The house is expected to approve legislation sometime this month to would provide money to states to fight bullying in schools.

The legislation would provide funds specifically for anti-bullying programs and research.  The provision allows for the grants to cover school safety programs that include cyber bullying prevention and intervention.  The bill would allocate 40 million dollars to these programs a year for the next five years, starting in 2013.

Supporters say the bill is important because kids cannot easily escape bullies.  Children can be tormented on social networks at any time.

Those opposed to the bill say there are other things the House should be spending time and money on.

In addition to bullying and cyberbullying, the bill would provide grant funding to states for gang prevention and intervention.

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