HB 208 – School Anti-Bullying Bill (2011-2012)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_208
This bill expands the existing requirement that schools have policies in place against harassment, bullying, and intimidation to include a variety of listed traits, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Antonio (D), Rep. Stinziano (D)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0208?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
The Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection applies to youth just like it does to adults. Young people should be able to be able to have an environment free of bullying and harassment in school. HB 208 is one more way that school administrators can be better empowered to protect students and ensure a safe learning environment for all students.