Did this YouTube video that went viral yesterday morning result in Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) suggesting the federal government has to pass a law making bullying a federal offense?
Here’s the video from a bullying incident – and the response by the bully – in Australia.
Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, will introduce a bill that would require schools to report incidents of bullying against children diagnosed with conditions like Down syndrome and Aspergers to the federal government. It would also mandate that any federal dollars that promote anti-bullying programs focus partially on that group.
Smaller kids need not apply.
Speier’s initiative is part of a larger, national campaign to get the federal government, local officials and school districts to discourage incidents of name calling and taunting on school campuses and online.
President Obama even launched an anti-bullying initiative from the White House last year.
“We’ve got to dispel this myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage,” Obama said in October.
Dispel the myth and the problem is solved.