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  • This article could have been more informative. For instance, did the two groups that voiced opposition to the bill last year object to the bill this time as well? If not, why not?

    • Anonymous

      It will be very interesting what these two groups come up with this time, but they seem to specialize in last minute objections.  So they can’t easily be refuted?

  • midmainer

    Just wait and see how fast the GOP lawmakers fold on this when CCL and MHPC tell them all to vote it down.

  • Anonymous

    Our kids are killing themselves over bullying. Something has to be done and I think a bill like this is part of that equation.

  • Guest

    Now will LD 1237 apply to LePage?

  • Anonymous

     How many children over the generations has died either by their own hand or the bullies hand?
    The sad thing is it took the deaths of these young people to bring to light the The bullying problem.  In the laws eyes children are still under valued.  
    I hope this Bill gets us one step closer to protecting our children.   

  • Anonymous

    If domestic violence is the governors pet initiative, it stands to reason that the administration should be in favor of anti-bullying legislation.  This would suggest the most basic consistency.  Violence perpetrated against innocents is what these share.  They are also both examples of exploiting perceived power advantage.  Is there any rationale for why we should be concerned about bullying in the home but not in schools or workplaces?

  • Anonymous

    More words on paper…Schools already have anti-bullying policies, it takes the administration to follow that policy.  Something that I as a parent of a high school student have had the misfortune of being subjected to.  I have read all the schools anti-bullying “stuff” and they parade it around like they’ve got the problem all covered.  Why then when teachers, resource officers and a video type plays an altercation in the hallway of a school is it dismissed as that particular students way of handling their problems. Seems to me the anti-bullying polices of some schools are great on paper — now if they were just adhered to.

  • me in me

    Now there’s a law against bullying? Oh that should take care of the problem !!Really, just because a law was passed does anyone think it will help ? How many unenforced laws can you come up with in 5 minutes? Pityful that legislators think they have actually solved a problem!

  • Anonymous

    After the publication of my Young Adult novel Grumble Bluff, I began to get asked to speak in schools and in front of other groups about bullying. It is a very real problem, and there are always tough choices about what might be considered typical adolescent behavior and what constitutes bullying. Unfortunately, bullying will never disappear completely. We are human beings and it’s the nature of the beast. But as adults with maturity, empathy and long experience to draw upon, we can certainly have a positive impact on our youth and assist in minimizing this problem.

    If you have time, please consider being a mentor. Call your local junior high or high school and ask how you can help. I can’t tell you what a difference it makes when a young person who lacks in courage or self-confidence has a kind and common-sense adult to shepherd them. Often, children won’t speak to their parents when they are being bullied– out of embarrassment or simply because there already exists normal friction between them. But having a grown-up show support, give advice, or simply listen makes a huge difference in a child’s outlook and in their coping skills.

    It’s also important–maybe crucial–to mentor the bully, too. In many cases, these children are in crisis mode– and acting out and trying to ‘control the scene’ is a symptom of their sense of helplessness at home. If adolescent bullies aren’t ‘caught’ at a young age, they can end up being an adult who perpetrates domestic abuse. It’s a cycle which I truly believe can be broken.

    I hope this bill doesn’t get bogged down in politics. That would be a shame, and it wouldn’t show those needing help that we’re capable of agreeing long enough to help them.

    Karen Bessey Pease
    Author, Grumble Bluff

  • Anonymous

    Im just wondering when they will address a serious issue, like outlawing the practice of Einey-meanie-miney-moe? Or maybe next we can attempt to outlaw the baggy pants these kids wear today? Showing your heiney to the entire school is a form of bullying too isnt it?

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