Ed board in Mass. to set anti-bullying guidelines

June 22, 2010

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BOSTON—School principals in Massachusetts would be required to report any incidents of bullying to the parents of those involved and -- if necessary -- to law enforcement under rules proposed by the state Board of Education.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed an anti-bullying law last month that requires teachers to report any bullying they are aware of to principals and called on the board to design procedures that principals should follow.

The proposed rules would require principals to notify the parents of the alleged victims and perpetrators of bullying. Principals must also make a determination whether the allegations are serious enough to report to police for possible criminal investigation.

The board on Tuesday voted to seek public comments on the plan before it is finalized in September.

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