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Mother who lost daughter supports youth suicide training in schools

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  On a rainy night in May 2012, Lana Swoape came home to find her daughter’s body. Just two weeks shy of her 16th birthday, Swoape’s daughter Tori had used a scarf to hang herself using her bedroom doorknob. “I blame myself. I was with her every day,” she said. […]

New law expands school rules for bullying

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New law expands school rules for bullying

By Sandie Love TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Teachers will be required to report signs of bullying to school administrators who must report them to parents under a law that will take effect July 1. The law, which the General Assembly passed this spring, builds on existing anti-bullying efforts and includes new training requirements for school personnel. […]

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Bullying prevention goes beyond state laws, national unions say

By Ben Wieder Stateline.org South Dakota last month became the 49th state to pass an anti-bullying law, but leaders of the country’s two largest teachers unions say that state action isn’t enough. In Indiana: Indiana lawmakers approved an anti-bullying law in 2005. Here’s a link to the law. A bill that would have expanded the […]

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Controversial anti-bullying bill may be back on the agenda

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are trying to resurrect part of an anti-bullying bill that gives school administrators extra authority to discipline students for what they do even when they are not on school grounds. The measure is now the subject of a joint House-Senate conference committee, which is trying to […]

Bullying bill may get summer study committee

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted to have a summer study committee consider school bullying, which could derail a bill meant to address the issue. The House of Representatives must agree to the change before House Bill 1169 can disappear for this session. Opponents said the […]

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Critics say bullying bill overreaches, could restrict student speech

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill meant to address bullying that takes place outside of school met resistance Wednesday from people who say it could obstruct students’ freedom of speech. The Senate Education & Career Development Committee heard testimony on House Bill 1169, which will give schools more power to discipline […]