A legislative panel has approved anti-bullying legislation designed to protect Oklahoma school students from intimidation and harassment both on and off school grounds.


A legislative panel has approved anti-bullying legislation designed to protect Oklahoma school students from intimidation and harassment both on and off school grounds.

The measure by Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing was approved 16-0 Tuesday by the House Education Committee. It now goes to the full House for consideration.

Among other things, the bill cracks down on acts that can physically or emotionally harm a student, damage the student's property or interfere with the operation of the school. It also prohibits cyber bullying through e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging and other electronic communications.

It bill says schools must provide consequences and remedial action to those who commit acts of bullying.

Denney says the bill was inspired by the May suicide of 11-year-old bullying victim Ty Field at his Perkins home.


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