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Pennsylvania Congress: Justice for Bailey O’Neill Pass House Bill House Bill 2464

Bailey is an 11 year old boy who was a victim of an assault at school. Bailey passed away as a result of the  assault .  Pennsylvania House Bill House Bill 2464 will help to prevent this happening to another precious child. We urge congress to pass Anti Bullying  Bill 2464. We also ask for further inviestigation and justice to those that did this horrible act to him.

The Philadelphia regional office formed the Coalition in July 2012. The Coalition was created in order to build support for House Bill 2464, legislation that will help prevent bullying and cyberbullying in PA schools. ADL believes that all students have the right to participate fully in the educational process, free from harassment and bullying. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, and physically. In Pennsylvania, the percentage is even higher than the national average. 

To find out more about Pennsylvania House Bill 2464 please visit http://regions.adl.org/eastern-pa/programs/pennsylvania-anti-bullying.html

WHAT WILL THE BILL DO?

• Prohibit harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying in any Pennsylvania public educational institution.

• Define bullying as unwelcome written, electronic, verbal or physical acts or gestures where a student feels coerced, intimidated, harassed or threatened.

• Require the Department of Education to develop a model policy and training materials, review school districts for compliance, and submit annual reports to the state legislature. Additionally, the bill will require school boards to adopt anti-harassment and bullying policies.

• Ensure that there is a procedure for broadly publicizing a school’s anti-bullying policy (in conduct codes, handbooks, bulletin boards, school Web sites, and other appropriate places).

• Protect all students from the harmful effects of bullying.


Letter to
President of the United States
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/PA Pennsylvania Congress
Pennsylvania State House
and 1 other
Pennsylvania Governor

I am writing in support of HB 2464, a comprehensive anti-bullying and cyberbullying bill that will play a critical role ensuring that Pennsylvania’s children have access to safe learning environments free from bullying and harassment

The impact of bullying has been well documented; studies have shown strong connections between being bullied and loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, poor academic achievement, truancy, and even suicide. Additionally, bullying may be a precursor to more destructive behavior on the part of the aggressor.

The pervasive nature of modern communication, including e-mailing, text messaging, and social media applications like Facebook, allows harassment and hurtful messages to be instantly spread far and wide. Cyberbullying, described as intentional harm inflicted through electronic media, leaves no refuge for the targets, and the victimization can be relentless.

An astounding 41% percent of Pennsylvania students said that bullying, name-calling, and harassment were serious problems in their schools (From Teasing to Torment: PA Report, 2006). Children and youth who are bullied are more likely than other children to suffer from depression, loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem and thoughts of suicide. That impact has been felt in Pennsylvania with less than half of Pennsylvania students reporting that they felt safe in their schools and from students who took their lives due to bullying and cyber-bullying (From Teasing to Torment: PA Report, 2006).
HB 2464 addresses harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyberbullying in public educational institution by:
Prohibiting harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying in any Pennsylvania public educational institution.
Defining bullying as unwelcome written, electronic, verbal or physical acts or gestures where a student feels coerced, intimidated, harassed or threatened.
Requiring the Department of Education to develop a model policy and training materials, review school districts for compliance, and submit annual reports to the state legislature. Additionally, the bill will require school boards to adopt anti-harassment and bullying policies.
Ensuring that there is a procedure for broadly publicizing a school's anti-bullying policy (in conduct codes, handbooks, bulletin boards, school Web sites, and other appropriate places).
Protecting all students from the harmful effects of bullying.

All students have the right to participate fully in the educational process, free from harassment and bullying. Anti-bullying policies should be in place before an incident occurs. I urge you to sign onto House Bill 2464 and help protect Pennsylvania’s children.

Thank you for your time and attention to this important issue.