The Massachusetts legislature has unanimously approved far-reaching anti-bullying legislation, The legislation would require school employees to report all instances of bullying and require principals to investigate them, reports the Boston Globe.
The legislation was passed in the wake of two prominent cases of Massachusetts youths committing suicide after being bullying. The first was the tragic case Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, the 11-year-old who hanged himself after months of relentless homophobic and anti-gay taunts. Walker's mother has become an anti-bullying advocate, championing this bill, testifying before Congress and appearing on Oprah, Ellen and AC 360. The bill covers also cyber-bullying, in response to the recent Phoebe Prince case.
The Illinois legislature passed a similar bill one week ago.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign the bill. Watch a report AFTER THE JUMP ....