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Petitioning Republican of District 25 Judson Gilbert II and 38 others

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


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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.

Letter to
Republican of District 25 Judson Gilbert II
Democrat of District 2 Martha G. Scott
Democrat of District 10 Michael Switalski
and 36 others
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 14 Gilda Z. Jacobs
Republican of District 7 Bruce Patterson
Republican of District 11 Alan Sanborn
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
Democrat of District 1 Hansen Clarke
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Michigan Senate.

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Change Matt's Safe School Law, which protects Christians who bully gay kids

The legislation, 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.
So in MIchigan, bullies can harass kids if they have a religious or moral conviction. 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.
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Sincerely,