Public Weighs in on Proposed "Bully Bill"

Looking back to your childhood, you may remember that big bully that just wouldn't leave kids alone.

It seems it's a growing problem for students, and it's caused some to resort to violence and even death.

"These peers tormented Cassie with incessant teasing," says Stella Gielecki in an emotional testimony.

Gielecki's daughter committed suicide earlier this year. She suffered from depression and her mom says she thinks school bullying played a big role.

That's why she testified before the Senate Committee on Education Thursday, asking for stricter school policies on bullying.

The Bully Bill would require the Department of Public Instruction to develop a model to better deal with school harassment and penalize problem makers.

"We are convinced bulling today is more severe than ever before and schools need to address this issue," testified Representative Sue Jeskewitz, of Menomonee Falls, "This is what the bill does."

Gielecki adds, "Another school year has started and we don't have Cassie and she was a very special person and she didn't deserve this. I think it's important we get this law passed."

Senator Neal Kedzie wrote the bill. Under his proposal, schools would have to choose between following D.P.I. policy or developing a similar one of their own.

The Bully Bill would be the first of its kind in the state.

No action was taken Wednesday, but if approved by the Education Committee, the measure will go to the full Senate for a vote.

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