State Senate passes bill to stop cyber-bullying

The state Senate yesterday unanimously passed the Law to Encourage the Acceptance of All Differences, which is meant to stop cyber-bullying in schools.The bill prohibits

GLEN COVE - The state Senate yesterday unanimously passed the Law to Encourage the Acceptance of All Differences, which is meant to stop cyber-bullying in schools.

The bill prohibits bullying in all forms, including social media. It also requires school employees to report bullying to administrators and schools to create anti-bullying programs.

The passage of the legislation was hailed today by students, teachers and school administrators on Long Island.

"They can bully over religion, how you look, how you dress, many different things, and they're all not OK," says fifth-grader Emma Grinberg, who visited the Nassau County Holocaust Museum with her class today.

Many Long Island school districts, including Glen Head Elementary School, have already formed classes to teach children how to stop bullying.

If the bill is passed by the state Assembly and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), New York will become only the 12th state to legally outlaw cyber-bullying.

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