A Special Message from Senator Ranzenhofer Regarding School Bullying

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    New York is only one of seven states that do not have a law to target school bullying. Senator Ranzenhofer announced his support for anti-bullying legislation that would:

    • Improve education for teachers, parents and students to prevent bullying and cyber-bullying

    • Define bullying and cyber-bullying and add these acts to the list of incidents for which disciplinary measures must be taken pursuant to the school districts code of conduct

    • Require all school employees to report incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying

    • Create the crime of Aggravated Harassment of Teachers and School Personnel

    • Elevate the penalties associated with the crimes of hazing, particularly in cases where a person is injured or dies