US state governors without bullying policies in local schools: Create bullying policies in your state, do more than punish bullies and push bullying ed.
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Bullying in schools is a serious issue that carries over to many other parts of students lives. Victims of bullies and the bullies themselves suffer in the long run. Most US schools have formal laws established and working to prevent bulling, but there are some states that still have not developed local school district based policies. Montana has yet to form laws and North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana and tenessee have no local anti-bullying school policies.
Many students lose grasp on their own behavior during their schooling, so classes need to be included in any basic school ciriculum. Be it integrated into their health program or taught by public speakers, students need to be informed what bullying is vs similar topics.
Finally, the bully themselves may have a reason for doing what they do. The schools often don't go out of their way to treat this and instead give them a slap on the wrist. With this, the problem is not resolved and the bully will continue to try and get attention. I propose that schools provide counseling for students who bully so that their voices can be heard in the right way. With this, repeat bullying should become less of a problem for everyone.
Both these topics bring out ways to curb bullying. The problem is that legislation is barley passing. With enough attention, these ideas can be pushed by the states faster, leading to better detection of bullies before harm is done.
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