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Teens rally at the state Capitol for stronger anti-bullying law

The Star Tribune reports more than 75 students demanding change wore stickers and held signs encouraging lawmakers to improve Minnesota's anti-bullying law. The state's current law is considered one of the weakest in the nation with only 37 words. There are two proposals being considered to amend it.
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The Star Tribune reports more than 75 students demanding change wore stickers and held signs encouraging lawmakers to improve Minnesota's anti-bullying law. The state's current law is considered one of the weakest in the nation with only 37 words. There are two proposals being considered to amend it.

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