Texas lawmakers approve anti-bullying legislation
AUSTIN, Texas —
(AP) - Texas lawmakers have given final approval to legislation requiring schools to adopt anti-bullying policies and improve methods of prevention.
The Texas Senate voted Monday to send a bill to Gov. Rick Perry that provides a framework for districts to develop and implement policies that prohibit bullying in any form. Perry can sign the bill into law.
The bill gives school boards discretion to transfer a student who bullies another student to a different classroom or campus in the district.
Schools would also have to set out specific methods for reporting and investigating bullying incidents.
Lawmakers have been working to create a zero-tolerance for bullying, since some students have committed suicide as a result of being bullied.
More than 10 different versions of anti-bullying legislation were filed this session.