Hannah Knight, KMOX Capitol Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX Capitol Bureau) – The Missouri Senate unanimously passes a bill expanding the definition of bullying within schools.

A bill that would tighten anti-bullying policies in Missouri schools requires the policy to be printed in each school’s respective student handbook.

“As we send our kids to school and they’re there for eight hours a day, at least there’s a comfort in knowing that a school district has developed a policy so that they have the ability to learn without the fear of harm,” St. Louis County Republican Eric Schmitt says.

Schmitt presented the bill to the Missouri Senate.

The bill also requires schools to discipline students for cyberbullying. It is headed back to the House for the review of Senate changes.

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