Bullying Bill Not Gaining Traction in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – A St. Louis County Representative says she wants to make sure her bill on bullying gets to the Governor’s desk this year.
Representative Sue Allen, R – Manchester, says her bill is up for debate this week, and unless law makers act fast, it could die when the session ends in a few weeks. She says her bill just enhances communication at schools. Her bill would require anyone that sees bullying to report it, that means janitors, bus drivers and volunteers would have to be trained in how to handle bullying. It also requires that parents of both the bully and the bullied to be notified.
The bill is on the calendar for discussion and debate this week, meaning even if it gets the yes vote, it still needs to go to the Senate before it can get to Governor Nixon. That’s why Allen is going to try to skip that step, by attaching it to a Senate education bill.
This is the second year in a row she’s tried to pass a law that would make all people who work in schools responsible for reporting bullying if they see it. She says with the movie Bully and so many stories about the effects of bullying, she expected there to be a push to get this legislation passed, but she says there just isn’t any urgency among lawmakers to get it passed.