Update: NY Schools Officially Institute Anti-Bullying Act

In a victory for bullying prevention, the state of New York has instituted a new law that broadens the definition of bullying, and “requires districts to report discrimination and harrassment to the Board of Education Department,” reports LoHud.com.

The new law took effect Sunday and is called the Dignity for All Students Act. Schools across the state are currently being trained on the new law, and bullying prevention will be worked into the curricula as well. According to Lohud, each school will be required to have a dignity coordinator to help facilitate the effort.

“We don’t view this as a punitive kind of thing,” said Jane Briggs, a spokeswoman for the state Education Department. “It’s more to restore the kind of atmosphere and culture in a district that everybody wants.”

Here at Character Counts! we continue to offer bullying prevention workshops for school staff across the country. Find out more about it here and make sure your students are getting the treatment and respect they deserve.