Tell Michigan Senate bullying is NOT OK!
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The Michigan Senate passes bill ALLOWING bullying for "religious reasons"
Michigan State Senate
State Rep. Andrew Kandrevas
State Rep. Joseph Graves
State Rep. Hugh Crawford
State Rep. John Walsh
State Rep. Thomas McMillin
State Rep. Gail Haines
State Rep. Peter Lund
State Rep. Eileen Kowall
State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz
State Rep. Brian Banks
State Rep. Gretchen Driskell
State Rep. Adam Zemke
State Rep. Jeff Farrington
State Rep. Bradford Jacobsen
State Rep. Kurt Heise
State Rep. Ken Goike
State Rep. Collene Lamonte
State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine
State Rep. Peter Pettalia
State Rep. Martin Howrylak

Tell Michigan Senate bullying is NOT OK!

    1. Jacob Behymer-Smith
    2. Petition by

      Jacob Behymer-Smith

      Sparks, NV

Michigan Senate passes bill ALLOWING bullying for "religious reasons"

Michigan Senate Republicans passed a bill yesterday that not only does nothing to aid anti-bullying efforts, but actually gives a “license to bully” based on “moral convictions.” From the Michigan Messenger:

The full language of the insert is: “This section does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil and parent or guardian.”

In a floor speech Minority Leader in the Senate Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) slammed the Republicans over the amended language.

“Here today you claim to be protecting kids and you’re actually putting them in more danger,” Whitmer said. “But bullying is not OK. We should be protecting public policy that protects kids — all kids, from bullies — all bullies. But instead you have set us back further by creating a blueprint for bullying.”
The legislation passed 26-11 (not a single Democrat voted for it) and will now move to the Republican-controlled House.

I’m furious. How in the hell can these individuals justify telling kids it’s okay to bully as long as there’s a “moral reason” for it? This bill is outlining a way for kids to get away with being vicious and cruel. It’s disrespecting the students who committed suicide because they were bullied and it’s disrespecting those who are tormented every day. What if the people who drove our teenage LGBT friends to suicide last year claimed their homophobic bullying was just a religious statement? Would they be exempt from blame?

This is an outrage. We cannot let them get away with this. Call Michigan reps and tell them they must vote “no” on this bill, even if you’re not from Michigan. This bill legalizes and practically encourages bullying, and we cannot stand for it.

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    • Karen Howard PORT ST LUCIE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      So the law will basically say it’s okay to bully based on your moral convictions. My moral convictions tell me that we all have rights, and people hiding behind this law are probably hypocrites who haven’t been inside a church and are simply running with mob mentality.

      They will be the first to yell “religious persecution!” if someone utilizes his/her right to freedom of speech and speaks out against them.

      Michigan legislators are sending the message that all rights are not equal.

      Bullying is bullying, no matter whether it’s against religious beliefs, sexual orientation, color of skin, etc.

      Michigan—home of Detroit—home of major automobile manufacturers. How many cars were produced by LGBT workers? How many of them were bullied?

      Mahatma Gandhi told us to “hate the sin, love the sinner.” Loving someone does not mean bullying them, no matter what your justification.

    • Richard Seeger CHEBOYGAN, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Oh yes that is stupid, they sounds like "it is okay to pick on a kid because they are Muslim", it just sounds like "its okay for a white kid to pick on a black kid because of color".

    • Michelle Duguay MANCHESTER, NH
      • almost 3 years ago

      My son has been bullied for several years now, and even after multiple statements in which he has desired suicide, the only person ever suspended from school was him. The bully never gets suspended for their actions, but my son does for crying out for help!

    • Mikaela Bergqvist LUDVIKA, SWEDEN
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because bullying is wrong and it mentally scars it's victims forever.

    • Leonard Zabawski CANTON, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      It is not permissable to inflict ANY school-based bullying in Michigan.


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