HB 116 – Policies and Instructions on School Bullying (2011-2012)
Jessica Logan Act
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_116
This bill modifies the law with regard to school bullying policies and to qualify certain homeschooled students for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Barnes (D)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Antonio (D), Rep. Fedor (D), Rep. Letson (D), Rep. Patmon (D), Rep. Yuko (D)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0116?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
While there is great need for schools to be safe for all students, the constitutional rights of students also must be preserved. HB 116 has some vagueness regarding electronic bullying between students that may authorize schools to suspend students for behavior in times and places completely removed from school. The bill also does not list traits that would help protect students from bullying by empowering administrators to protect targeted populations.