Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Family & Parenting
  3. Parenting Issues

SC HB4413 will mandate school districts to create Report-A-Bully School Website

See also

A new idea designed to help South Carolina students report bullying is now in the works, WSPA reported December 18.

HB4413 is the brainchild of S.C. Representative Chip Limehouse (R-Charleston County), and if passed, will mandate each school district in South Carolina to develop an anonymous website where students can report harassment, intimidation or the bullying of a student at their school.

Known as The Report-A-Bully in School Website Act, the new law will hold school districts accountable on a monthly basis. Each district will be required to report monthly on the nature of each case reported and what, if anything was done about it.

The Department of Education will be required to develop guidelines related to bullying and to provide that information received isn't subject to the Freedom of Information Act. This is a delicate issue, as it's important to protect the privacy of a minor, but at the same time those who cause trouble at school need to be identified.

A law was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly and signed by the governor in June, 2006. According to The Bully Police.org, bullying is defined as

*Harassment or intimidation or violent behavior that disrupts a students ability to learn. It can be electronic, written,verbal, physical or sexual
*Placing a student under physical or emotional fear that they or their personal property will be harmed.
*Insulting or demeaning a student or group of students and causing a major disruption during the school day.

HB4413 is currently in recess, but will go before the legislature in January 2014. If passed, each South Carolina school district will have until September 2014 to create their website.

How do you feel about such a law being passed? Do you think it will point out the true bullies in each community, or will it become a means for one student to get another in trouble by giving false information to get another student in trouble?

Another concern that comes to mind in this era of computer hacking and stolen data, will those who turn in school bullies be protected?

Your comments are welcome.

Advertisement

Life

  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Video
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Camera
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Camera
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!