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Father of bully victim reacts to Utah bully bills

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Utah lawmakers are discussing ideas to reduce and prevent bullying in schools.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Utah lawmakers are discussing ideas to reduce and prevent bullying in schools. 

House Bill 134, "requires a school to notify a parent: if the parent's student threatens to commit suicide; or of an alleged incident of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, hazing, or retaliation involving the parent's student; and requires a school to have a parent sign a statement acknowledging that the parent was notified of the suicide threat or bullying."

House Bill 298, "requires school districts to offer an annual seminar to parents with information on substance abuse, bullying, mental health, and Internet safety."

Senate Bill 184, "requires a school to notify a parent: if the parent's student threatens to commit suicide; or of an alleged incident of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, hazing, or retaliation involving the parent's student."

ABC 4 talked with a father about the bills.  He says he removed his daughter from Payson Junior High School because the principal failed to take action to protect his daughter from a bully. ABC 4 called the Nebo School District and continues to wait for a return call about his allegations.   

This father says he's thankful lawmakers are taking action to prevent bullying, but he says the bills are lacking one thing.  He'd like schools to notify the bully's parents.     

"I think that would have made a huge difference in my case.  If his parents know about it they could have put a stop to it.  If it was my kid about it I'd want it stopped," said the father. 


 
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