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Minnesota attorney general pushes for tougher law against bullying

Attorney General Lori Swanson wants lawmakers to pass tougher legislation targeting school bullies. Her proposal would have more specific guidelines and require school districts to report bullying.
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Attorney General Lori Swanson wants lawmakers to pass tougher legislation targeting school bullies. Her proposal would have more specific guidelines and require school districts to report bullying.

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