Change the Bullying Laws to Reflect Accountability

Change the Bullying Laws to Reflect Accountability

    1. Kates Law
    2. Petition by

      Kates Law

      Joplin, Missouri, MO

I am starting this petiion because I have been a victim of High School Bullying and know how it can effect your life and the life of others. There are laws that tell us what bullying is and what the consequences CAN be.   The law requires that school districts have a bullying policy set in place.  I live in Missouri and the law requires the following:  Missouri State Statutes Section 160-775 Antibullying

Often we find that parents and administrators ONLY follow the policy until the end when it requires a consequence.  There should be a law that requires a fine/ticket of $100 (or more) from the first sign of bullying.  If the fine is not paid within 30 days the "bully" would be subject to an arrest.   Social Media sites, as well as celluar phone providors should be required by law to trace IP address/phone numbers for reported cyber bullying/stalking/harrasment within a timely manner.  Once it is found who the "bully" is they will be fined by the state in which the crime happened regardless of the "excuse".  By doing this it will make the "bully" think before posting.

Here is a sample process:

1.  When bullying is reported it will be investigated through a check and balance form in a timely manner.  Once the bullying is confirmed the bully and victims parents will be contacted. 

2.  The bully will be fined, and must attend additional Anti-Bullying education. The bully, as well as the victim will be offer up to three free counseling sessions from a mental health professional.  

The funding to offer these services will come from campaigns and charity benefits.   The money from fines can also be used for this purpose as well as to provide anti-bullying education and seminars from state to state.

By having harsher laws that provide an immediate action when bullying is reported it will lead to lower bully rates, suicide rates, and will increase daily attendance rates at school/work.

This is just a few ideas that are being being placed in my proposal.  

In order for the laws to change we need to support a change!  Please sign this petition and email your "bullying" stories and additional ideas for this proposal to

Thank you for your support!


Kate Dawson


Change the Bullying Laws to Reflect Accountability

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. NEWS!

      Kates Law
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all who have signed and shared this petition so far! Please continue to encourage friends, family, and your local community to share! This morning I am getting ready for a news interview. I will let you know when this will air.

      I have another Representative that is interested in supporting this!

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Ritenburg CHESANING, MI
      • 7 months ago

      People should not be subject to bullies and children should be taught that no matter the circumstances everyone is on the same level and instead of teasing or bullying they should learn to give a hand up not a slap down.

    • Verlene Sullivan LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 8 months ago

      Anytime Bullying is confirmed, there needs to be steps to STOP it...

    • Charles Apgar LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 8 months ago

      Bullying has no place in society.... It serves no purpose.... Not everyone can stand up for themselves for lots of reasons.... We need laws that will stop the hurt and the suicides that are caused by bullying....

    • Mike Bauer JOPLIN, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      Bullying has caused some children to commit suicide. Let's put an end to this forever.

    • Jeffrey Grandmaison SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      Our son has been a victim of bullying for several years. And each and every incident has been side stepped by the school district, juvenile office and Greene County Prosecutor.


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