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Montana may become the 45th state with a hazing law: KXLH report

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Bullock expected to sign Montana school anti-bullying bill

Senate Bill 284 makes bullying illegal (CBS News photo)

BILLINGS — Montana is on the verge of becoming the 50th U.S. state with a law against bullying in schools.House Bill 284 — the “Bully-Free Montana Act,” which prohibits bullying in K-12 schools, passed in the Montana House of Representatives on Monday in a 58-to-42 vote.

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

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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