January 16, 2008

Kentucky examines its options against school bullying. One Republican fears protections would increase "aberrant behavior".

The AP reports that some Kentucky legislators want an anti-bullying bill for their schools.

The House Education Committee unanimously approved such a resolution, but conservative Senate President David Williams is concerned that the bill could be - in his words - "an excuse for the addition of curriculum dealing with aberrant behavior." Williams admits he has not yet read the bill.

The gay rights group - Kentucky Equality Federation - is a major supporter of the effort.

New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts are analyzing their school environments for homophobic behavior. California sent shock waves throughout the region when it enacted the Student Civil Rights Bill. And recently, an entire school in Nova Scotia showed its support for a bullied classmate by wearing pink t-shirts to classes.