Skip to main content

As school begins, new anti-bullying law goes into effect

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

As Minnesota students head back to school Tuesday, they will be protected under a new anti-bullying law.

Formally known as the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, the new anti-bullying law passed the state Legislature in April.

“Minnesota’s schools should be safe and supportive places for everyone,” Gov. Mark Dayton said as he signed the bill into law. “This anti-bullying legislation will make it very clear that bullying is not to be allowed in our schools.”

The Rochester Post Bulletin says Rochester Public Schools is among the districts working on updating its anti-bullying policy, and is expected to pass it at the Sept. 16 school board meeting.

Other schools have already adapted the policy. According to Valley News Live, Moorhead Public Schools updated its policies early last month.

"We took a model policy from the Minnesota School Board Association and adapted it according to new laws in Minnesota," Moorhead Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lynne Kovash said.

The state’s new Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act replaces a 37-word anti-bullying law, which was commonly called one of the weakest in the nation. The old law merely directed districts to have some sort of anti-bullying policy.

The Safe and Supportive Schools Act requires districts to track and investigate cases of bullying, and also requires schools to offer training to staff in how to prevent bullying. The law also further defines bullying. It notes, in part, that bullying causes physical harm or fear of physical harm and “constitutes intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

According to FOX 9, private and home schools are exempt from the state's new anti-bullying law, although private schools are encouraged to share their anti-bullying policies and incident summaries. Charter schools are also required to follow the law.

Next Up

Patrick Henry High School

Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis will get new name

A school board meeting was held this week, discussing what's next going forward.

Mike Max

Sources: Mike Max is out at WCCO Radio

Max got his start at WCCO Radio in 1998.

Pixabay - emergency room ambulance hospital

Uber passenger dies a week after fiery crash in St. Paul

Her Uber was struck by a suspected drunk-driver.

target

Target profits plunge as it takes hit from shedding excess goods

The retailer announced earlier this year it would be slashing prices.

police lights

Las Vegas man identified as victim killed near 38th and Chicago

The 25-year-old died at the scene Sunday afternoon.

unnamed-5

Beloved Eagan Dairy Queen says goodbye

A summer staple has shuttered in Eagan.

Screen Shot 2022-08-16 at 3.44.22 PM (2)

Bridge damage closes westbound Hwy. 62 between Richfield, Edina

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said bridge maintenance work is in progress.

Michael Miller

Charges: Drunk driver killed former chair of Hibbing Chamber of Commerce

Michael Miller's blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Related

Report to Dayton urges stronger Minnesota anti-bullying law

The Prevention of School Bullying Task Force recommended to state lawmakers Wednesday that the state repeals its current anti-bullying law and replace it with a stronger law to protect students from bullying, harassment and intimidation in Minnesota schools. The 15-member task force's recommendations were delivered in a report to Gov. Mark Dayton.