I recently sat down with KELO LAND TV (see video below) to discuss the issue of bullying. Most states around the country have passed legislation to mandate that school districts have bullying policies.
In South Dakota, there have been numerous bills introduced on this issue over the past 3 years. What we have discovered as a legislative body is that we are fortunate in South Dakota that our school districts have adopted policies already. In fact, I would argue that the introduction of the bullying legislation (although the bills failed) forced our local school districts to strengthen their existing bullying policies. I belive that any policy on bullying should ultimately give the flexibility to local school boards and administrators to adopt the policies to fit their student population and demographics. These decisions are best made at the local level.
I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the bullying issue. Here is the story from KELO TV: