Michigan's bullying law passes state senate
By VIRGINIA SMITH - NERVE.COM
Added: Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:32:41 UTC
Michigan Republicans turned what was supposed to be a new law protecting victims of bullying into a law pretty much declaring open season on them, thanks to a last-minute clause exempting anyone who can provide a moral or religious reason for their harassment.
"Matt's School Safe Law," which just passed in the state Senate and is now moving on to the House of Representatives, is named after Matt Epling, a gay teenager who committed suicide as a result of bullying. However, the president of the American Family Association of Michigan explained that the bill had to include the "religious motivations" loophole to prevent it from becoming "a Trojan Horse for the homosexual agenda."
Since the addition of the new clause Democrats have dropped their formerly strong support for Matt's Safe School Law, and Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer called the bill "worse than doing nothing," explaining, "You may be able to pat yourselves on the back today and say that you did something, but in actuality you are explicitly outlining how to get away with bullying. As passed today, bullying kids is okay if a student, parent, teacher or school employee can come up with a moral or religious reason for doing it."
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