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house Bill H.R. 6148

Should Teachers and Other Educators be Required to Report Bullying?

Argument in favor

Bullying has real, documented negative effects on children’s development and educational outcomes. It is in the federal government’s interest to prevent bullying in school environments, and to withhold funding from schools or school districts that fail to prevent bullying.

Aaron's Opinion
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07/01/2018
Yes, we need to crack down on bullies, especially the biggest bully in the White House.
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Beemers's Opinion
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07/01/2018
Support this!! This is an amazing bill that desperately needs to be passed. You want to help cut down on school shootings, this is a proper response that could help. Guns and violent video games are not the core problem. Bullying, neglect, kids being passed along and falling through the cracks as their issues are ignored and grow as a result are the bigger problem. This is a wonderful start to tackling this problem. It should have been done a long time ago. Better late than never.
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Rachael 's Opinion
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07/01/2018
Absolutely. Bullying in school is NOT ok. It needs to be a safe place for children to learn, grow, and celebrate differences. The “bullies” need to be helped as well. There is an underlying reason for that behavior.
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Argument opposed

While more needs to be done to address and prevent bullying in schools, a federal mandate that school officials report bullying incidents to law enforcement goes too far and inhibits the ability of state and local educational authorities to develop their own best practices.

Corrie's Opinion
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07/01/2018
As a teacher, I do what I can about bullying. So does every educator I know. These children don’t have the life skills to deal with challenges that come at them. They need help and we need more mental health supports in schools. Kids don’t need to be introduced to a law enforcement system for making mistakes. They need help. Schools are over burdened and under funded as it is without requiring more paperwork to be done.
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JTJ's Opinion
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07/01/2018
Get the federal government out of the schools.
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acshively's Opinion
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07/01/2018
It will just cost schools more money they don’t have and won’t help anyone.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
    IntroducedJune 19th, 2018
    Yes, we need to crack down on bullies, especially the biggest bully in the White House.
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    As a teacher, I do what I can about bullying. So does every educator I know. These children don’t have the life skills to deal with challenges that come at them. They need help and we need more mental health supports in schools. Kids don’t need to be introduced to a law enforcement system for making mistakes. They need help. Schools are over burdened and under funded as it is without requiring more paperwork to be done.
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    Support this!! This is an amazing bill that desperately needs to be passed. You want to help cut down on school shootings, this is a proper response that could help. Guns and violent video games are not the core problem. Bullying, neglect, kids being passed along and falling through the cracks as their issues are ignored and grow as a result are the bigger problem. This is a wonderful start to tackling this problem. It should have been done a long time ago. Better late than never.
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    Few things: one, bullying IS a serious issue and all educators I know already take bullying very seriously, but required reporting sounds more like it actually means redundant paperwork. Teachers are already overworked and under supported, so I’d like to know how this bill specifically helps teachers do what is asked. Two, what does “designated authorities” mean? If that means law enforcement, I am very much opposed to this bill as we do not need our schools to become more prison like. If it means school administrators I am on board, but how the administers handle these reports should be addressed in this bill.
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    Absolutely. Bullying in school is NOT ok. It needs to be a safe place for children to learn, grow, and celebrate differences. The “bullies” need to be helped as well. There is an underlying reason for that behavior.
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    Get the federal government out of the schools.
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    Every teacher I have ever known was quick to report bullying when it occurs. Teachers are not the problem. Woeful lack of resources, failure of the justice system to respond appropriately, absence of funding for mental health treatment, and shamefully lax laws and enforcement of the weak laws we have regarding access to weapons by those who should never, ever have such access are the real issues we need to address rather than being distracted by a non-issue. And I wonder who stands to gain from that distraction....
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    It will just cost schools more money they don’t have and won’t help anyone.
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    It’s already required! Mandatory Reporting just needs to extend to bullying no need for a new bill waisting more federal dollars.
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    The money would be better spent enacting better programs for mental health in school. This would reduce both bullying, suicide, and school shootings
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    Yes, they should Start with the president of the United States!
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    I have been a public school teacher for 33 years and have reported more bullying incidents than I can count. Kids know to come to me because I always report and do my best to get their issues handled appropriately. I do it as a mandatory reporter but also as a decent human being. Teachers, however, are only the first step. Admin also need to do their part.
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    Another overreach by the federal government. State and local governments are better informed on the needs of their citizens. One of the functions of the Constitution is to limit the growth and power of the federal government.
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    They should report it within their own school because it’s their job. The federal government has no jurisdiction in our local schools and we don’t want them to. Let me guess, we start up a new federal department that we don’t need and can’t afford? Statists think the solution to everything is more government instead of us taking responsibility for our own children and communities.
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    This bill would only help to fuel the school-to-prison pipeline, add to teacher paperwork load, and masquerade the very complex and nuanced issues of school security and bullying as simple.
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    I am a teacher I already have taken training on preventing and reporting bullying. Every school I have worked in have systems for reporting bullying. Our state has an amazing system called SAFE-Utah where teachers and students use an app to report all sorts of issues, with the option of doing it anonymously. This Act is blaming teachers for school violence, this is not answer. We need less guns and more gun control.
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    Report to whom? And then do what with that information? If this bill isn't answering those questions then it's just another feel-good, do-nothing waste of time
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    Absolutely. I’m a retired teacher—always reported and confronted bullies!
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    No we don't need more regulation we need more common sense
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    The education system in this country is deteriorating because the federal government is sticking their nose into it more every election cycle
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