Change Matt's Safe School Law, which protects bullies in Michigan
  • Petitioned Judson Gilbert II

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Republican of District 25
Judson Gilbert II
Republican of District 24
Patricia L. Birkholz
Republican of District 33
Alan L. Cropsey
Democrat of District 26
Deborah Cherry
Democrat of District 18
Liz Brater
Republican of District 16
Cameron Brown
Republican of District 12
Michael Bishop
Democrat of District 8
Raymond E. Basham
Republican of District 15
Nancy Cassis
Republican of District 37
Jason Allen
Democrat of District 31
Jim Barcia
Democrat of District 3
Irma Clark-Coleman
Democrat of District 4
Samuel Buzz Thomas, III
Republican of District 21
Ron Jelinek
Republican of District 30
Wayne Kuipers
Democrat of District 9
Dennis Olshove
Republican of District 36
Tony Stamas
Democrat of District 38
Michael Prusi
Republican of District 11
Alan Sanborn
Republican of District 7
Bruce Patterson
Democrat of District 14
Gilda Z. Jacobs
Democrat of District 2
Martha G. Scott
Democrat of District 10
Michael Switalski
Republican of District 35
Michelle McManus
Republican of District 29
Bill Hardiman
Michigan Senate
Democrat of District 6
Glenn S. Anderson
Democrat of District 23
Gretchen Whitmer
Republican of District 17
Randy Richardville
Democrat of District 27
John Gleason
Republican of District 28
Mark C. Jansen
Republican of District 22
Valde Garcia
Democrat of District 5
Tupac A. Hunter
Republican of District 32
Roger Kahn MD
Republican of District 34
Gerald VanWoerkom
Republican of District 20
Thomas M. George
Republican of District 19
Mike Nofs
Republican of District 13
John Pappageorge
Democrat of District 1
Hansen Clarke

Change Matt's Safe School Law, which protects bullies in Michigan

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      Marshfield, MA

The legislation in question, called “Matt’s Safe School Law,” was named after Matt Epling, an honor-roll student who killed himself at the age of 14 in 2002 after being assaulted by bullies at his school.

The draft law, which passed the state Senate with 26 Republican votes against 11 Democratic votes and now advances to the lower house, includes language inserted before the vote that says the bill “does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held belief or moral conviction” of a student or school worker.


This law would allow bullies in Michigan to harass kids if they have a religious or moral reason for doing so. This is sick. This is protecting bullies, especially ones who harass LGBT youth on the basis of religion. It is NEVER okay to treat someone with disrespect or harass them. This needs to be stopped.

Michigan Senate, we are requesting that the 'religious or moral conviction' part of the law be removed. This part protects bullies and is unconstitutional. Leaving it in a supposedly anti-bullying law defeats the purpose and is disrespectful to the memory of Matt Epling and his family and friends.

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Almost to 700-let's set the bar higher!

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      by E C
      Petition Organizer

      We are a few signatures shy of 700! I'm changing the goal from 1,000 to 1,500. You can help by tweeting about this, emailing your friends, or making this petition your Facebook status. Don't be shy-reach out to support your beliefs.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. At 310 signatures, we got this guys :)

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      by E C
      Petition Organizer

      Hopefully, we can stop this from going into effect.
      Link: Michigan Senator Gretchen Whitmer speaks out against the bill.
      "This is worse than doing nothing. It's a Republican license to bully."

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Past 200!

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      by E C
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everybody!
      These children must be protected. The "moral conviction" part of this law greatly puts the physical and mental well-being of children in Michigan schools at risk.
      As a junior in public schools, I am afraid for my peers in Michigan and at my high school. Let's change this law and make a difference!
      Link: Matt's father, Kevin Epling speaks out against the ridiculousness of the bill meant to protect children like his son.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kevin Lee SALINE, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am ashamed to be from Michigan as of late. With Rick Snyder, our newly elected RepubliCON governer...we've done nothing but go backwards fiscally and socially....SIGH

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    • Jan Schulz OLDENBURG, GERMANY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because this law adds insult to injury - why would you leave a backdoor to bullying, if you were truly síncere about the safety and well being of all students?

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    • Steven Risko ANN ARBOR, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a Christian who disagrees with this exemption. The logic is completely idiotic. If I were to have a strong moral conviction that Christianity was wrong, would it be OK for me to bully those Senators' kids? Would they be alright with that being an exemption? Bullying is NEVER right.

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    • Danielle Holroyd BARRINGTON, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this petition, because I've gotten bullied in the past and its not fun, it makes you think how many bullies are really out there. I am against bullying. It doesn't matter what your race is and whether you're a lgbt, i accept people for who they are on the inside and out.

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    • LAURA CRAIG SCRANTON, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      THIS IS ALL WRONG, THERE IS NO RELIGIOUS OR MORAL REASON FOR ANYONE TO BULLY OR HARASS. ITS AN EXCUSE, THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO MORALS, AND SHOULD SEEK MENTAL HELP,,,

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