Bullock expected to sign Montana school anti-bullying bill
Senate Bill 284 makes bullying illegal (CBS News photo)
Governor Steve Bullock is expected to sign the bill into law.
The bill, sponsored by MT State Rep. Kimberly Dudik (D-Missoula), is designed to promote safe schools and bully-free learning environments.
When the bill was first introduced, it included protections for both students and employees from bullying. The most recent version only prohibits the bullying of students.
Bullying is defined in the bill as causing a student physical harm, damaging a student’s property, creating a hostile learning environment, or substantially disrupting the orderly operations of a school.
This law also protects victims and witnesses who report bullying from retaliation.
Acts of hazing associated with athletics or school-sponsored organizations and groups are also included under the new law