Caption: Jaheem Herrera
Jaheem Herrera  

Georgia's Revamped Bullying Law Arrives In Schools

From: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Series: Bullying in Georgia Schools
Length: 05:06

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Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That’s because of a law passed by the legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice. In the first of a four-part series, Maura Walz of the Southern Education Desk at GPB looks at what the new law requires and how school districts are implementing it.

Jaheemherrera-150x113_small Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That’s because of a law passed by the legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice. In the first of a four-part series, Maura Walz of the Southern Education Desk at GPB looks at what the new law requires and how school districts are implementing it.

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GPB (17 public radio stations in Georgia)

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Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That’s because of a law passed by the legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice.

In the first of a four-part series, Maura Walz of the Southern Education Desk at GPB looks at what the new law requires and how school districts are implementing it.

After 11-year-old Jaheem Harrera committed suicide in 2009, some of state Representative Mike Jacob’s constituents in DeKalb County asked him to take a look at the state’s existing rules against bullying in schools.

He did, and as he told an audience at a fundraiser for the group Georgia Equality last year, he didn’t like what he found.

Jacobs: It was so inadequate, in fact, that the Jaheem Harrera situation was not even covered by the existing law, it only applied to grades six through 12....
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INTRO:

Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That’s because of a law passed by the legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice.

In the first of a four-part series, Maura Walz of the Southern Education Desk at GPB looks at what the new law requires and how school districts are implementing it.

OUTRO:

From the Southern Education Desk in Atlanta, I’m Maura Walz.

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SouthernEducationDesk.org