I asked about the anti-lying bill in the House the other day, the one that would punish kids for falsely reporting on a teacher’s behavior, but this article in the MDJ suggests that the House bill could undermine the Senate anti-bullying measure.
Cyndie Westrich is on a mission to eliminate bullying from Georgia public schools. But she has encountered what she claims is a new adversary in her quest: House Bill 1321. However, others think HB 1321 is just a “common sense measure.”
Westrich, a licensed professional counselor and east Cobb mother, wrote the proposal for Senate Bill 461, which would enact stricter penalties for bullies throughout Georgia schools.
Both bills are aimed at reducing bullying in schools; however, Westrich, who has been in private practice since 1999, said that HB 1321 would undo much of what she hoped to accomplish.
“This bill discourages children from being able to make reports about child abuse. Further, it limits the press from being able to report and investigate,” she wrote yesterday to Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock). Rogers introduced Westrich’s anti-bullying legislation in the Senate.
He said he is not familiar with HB 1321, but continues to “fully support” SB 461.