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Anti-Bullying Legislation Makes Headway on Beacon Hill

By  Ray Hershel

BOSTON (WGGB)– The effort to pass anti-bullying legislation is gaining momentum on Beacon Hill.

Proponents of the latest bill gathered in Boston Thursday to rally for support.

The bill would ban bullying at schools, on school property, at school related events, bus stops and cyber bullying on the Internet.

Among the speakers was Sirdeaner Walker of Springfield whose 11-year-old son, Carl Joseph Walker Hoover, took his own life after being bullied at school.

“My son was denied many opportunities and I’m here today to make sure that no other child has to endure what my son went through and no other family has to suffer as mine has,” said Walker.

The death of South Hadley High School freshman Phoebe Prince, who took her own life after being bullied, was the catalyst for the latest effort to pass anti-bullying legislation in Massachusetts.

Brigitte Berman, 16, was a victim of bullying. She’s written a book about her experience

“I’ve gone to a lot of schools lately speaking to students and when I talk to them so many are having trouble dealing with bullying and when they go and ask for help the resources they need are not available,” said Berman.

The Massachusetts Senate takes up the legislation on Tuesday. Proponents are hopeful there will be a bill on the governor’s desk by the end of the month. 


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