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Michigan Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Legislation

Bill would require school districts to develop anti-bullying policies.

A Fenton woman, a Fenton theater group and many others have been working hard to spread the word about the dangers of bullying.

The state of Michigan seems to be listening.

The Michigan Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would require school districts to develop anti-bullying policies, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The article stated that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder wants Michigan to adopt an anti-bullying law and join the 45 other states that have similar policies.

In September, Fenton Patch reported that Fenton's Trust Theatre Ensemble and their popular performance, .

The Fenton-based Trust Theatre Ensemble has been performing The Bullycide Project, a play based on the book Bullycide in America, by Brenda High, which tells the story of 12 young adults who chose to end their lives because of  bullying. Actors even use some of the victims personal items during the show.

The group also performed the show at a bullying summit in Washington D.C. on Sept. 21 and 22.

Fenton resident has also been fighting bullying for 10 years. The 31-year-old, who suffers from a rare degenerative neuro-muscular disease, speaks to many school children across the country about how bullying is a choice.

“I didn't plan on affecting people, it just happened with the life story or hand I was dealt,” Ford told Fenton Patch in October. “One person said, ‘you didn't find your meaning and purpose in life, it found you and you’re a hero to thousands of students bullied in American schools every year.’”

Chris November 03, 2011 at 08:11 PM
The law created by and passed byRepublicans is worse than a joke. It's insulting and does harm. It does NOTHING to protect children from bullying. It actually helps those who bully by giving them and excuse. SHAME ON REPUBLICANS. And the religious
Elizabeth November 04, 2011 at 02:12 PM
I'm with Chris, except that in my feeling, true religious views would not permit or encourage cruelty to children. The anti-bullying legislation has been weakened by Republicans to appeal to grown-up bullies. Here is State Senator Gretchen Whitmer's take on the legislation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zDK-ja8PLgg#!

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