JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) – Tina Meier, who’s daughter Megan hanged herself in 2006 after she was bullied on MySpace, was in Jefferson City Wednesday to go before legislators on the topic close to her heart.
Meier testified for a bill that would require school districts to come up with stricter policies on bullying. The bill sponsored by Representative Sue Allen of St. Louis County, would have districts train employees and volunteers.
Tina Meier thinks parents should have a role in any new mandates on bullying in schools. “And when they feel there are adults that don’t care and say brush it off don’t worry about it . This is why children feel adults don’t understand” said Meier.
Webster Groves High School Freshman Sydney Wilhelm testified before the house panel that her school officials turned a deaf ear when she was bullied. “I spoke to the school principal and he didn’t help either. He investigated the bullying so poorly that it made it worse that it caused a backlash, retaliation and a loss of my friends” said Wilhelm.
Her mother testified that Sydney contemplated suicide.
No one spokes against the bill , but Representative Kurt Bahr of St. Charles questioned whether parents should be held accountable for bullying their children might do.
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