State lawmakers are proposing new legislation that would require the state education department to establish programs to combat an increase in bullying at public schools
“There’s been surveys of Muslim students where over half have experienced bullying in recent years,” said Assemblyman David Chiu. “Young girls having hijabs ripped off their heads, boys being pushed in the playground and classroom. We’ve heard very disturbing cases of LGBT students, as well as immigrant students.”
The new legislation would require the education department to help prevent and identify instances of bullying, lawmakers said. Right now, schools are only required to respond to bullying events after they have happened.
The state loses about $267 million each year due to bullying-related absences, according to state lawmakers.
The bill has passed the Assembly Education Committee, and will now move on to another committee for review.