Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) joined his colleagues today in passing legislation to prohibit bullying and cyberbullying in our public schools. The bill is an expansion of the Dignity for All Students Act and establishes better monitoring and reporting systems for school administrators and faculty to combat bullying, as well as guidelines for instructing students on respect for others, tolerance and responsible internet use.
For Montesano, who has co-sponsored several pieces of legislation to address bullying, today’s vote was another welcome step toward eliminating this growing threat to our children’s physical and emotional well-being.
“Bullying and cyberbullying have far-reaching consequences and action to combat these threats to our children’s safety was essential,” said Montesano. “Children deserve to be able to go to school to learn and use their computers at home without fear of being victimized and tormented by cowardly bullies.”
“I’m pleased that we have addressed this growing issue and this legislation should help to eliminate bullying and cyberbullying from our schools. I applaud my colleagues for addressing this issue before the legislative session ends.”