Would You Want to Know if Your Child Was Being Bullied at School?

January 31, 2018

Senator Jim Tedisco asked NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, his legislative colleagues and those who attended today's NYS Education Budget hearing if they would want to be notified if their child was being bullied at school. Tedisco is sponsoring "Jacobe's Law" to require that schools notify parents when a child is being threatened by a bully. In April 2015, 13-year-old Jacobe Taras of Fort Edward tragically took his own life as a result of bullying. Jacobe’s parents, Christine and Richard Taras, say they were not notified by Jacobe’s school of the extent of bullying he faced. “Jacobe’s Law” is a non-partisan bill which unanimously passed the Senate last year by a 62-0 vote and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany) is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly. "Jacobe's Law" requires that school employees charged with receiving reports of harassment, bullying or discrimination contact the parents or guardians of the students involved – both the bully and the victim -- in an incident of bullying or harassment.