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My kids are getting an education on bullying at school with lots of anti-bullying “town meetings” or even small groups. And it does seem to confuse my kids as much as it sensitizes them. Now Massachusett’s new anti-bullying law is widely heralded as the most aggressive in the country. It criminalizes bullying and cyber-bullying by students, and requires schools to ferret out and respond to such incidents, many of which take place outside of school.
The most acute is how it impacts the critical relationship between schools and parents. The statute does not put any responsibility on parents to stop bullying. Worse, rather than foster a shared approach to stop such behavior, the statute actually undermines any meaningful communication between parents and schools.