Profiling a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide after years of alleged anti-gay taunts at school, CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered opposition to bullying legislation in Kentucky by highlighting state Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, who believes homosexuality is a sin. Leaders with the conservation group River Fields rebuffed a resolution introduced in the Louisville Metro Council that… Continue reading National Attention for KY Lawmaker’s Opposition to Anti-Bullying Bill; River Fields Denies Delaying ORBP; DuPont Fined for Rubbertown Violations; McConnell Questions Obama’s Ohio Visit: Afternoon Review
Profiling a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide after years of alleged anti-gay taunts at school, CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered opposition to bullying legislation in Kentucky by highlighting state Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, who believes homosexuality is a sin. Earlier this year, state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, introduced a bill that would prohibit bullying because… Continue reading CNN Highlights Kentucky Lawmaker’s Opposition to Bullying Bill
The first superintendent candidate for Jefferson County Public Schools answered questions from the public tonight at Male High School. Dr. Christine Johns-Haines is currently superintendent of Utica Community Schools in Michigan but says she is excited about the resources available in Louisville. The questions ranged from bullying and busing to student assignment plans and discipline issues,… Continue reading First Superintendent Candidate Answers Public Questions, Some Disappointed in Event
Officials with the organization known as CLOUT say city schools are lacking in solid bullying policies. Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together is hoping to draw attention to ongoing problems it says have become evident from its research. Education Research Committee co-chair Chris Kolb says most of the research consists of face to face… Continue reading CLOUT Calls for Expanded Bullying Policies
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association granted her an exemption to play softball and other sports at Ballard without the usual one-year waiting period for transfers. However, according to the suit, JCPS would not grant its own waiver because it would violate district policy aimed at preventing athlete recruitment.
The Fairness Campaign’s Chris Hartman is frustrated by what he considers stall tactics imposed on anti bullying legislation this session. He says two amendments sponsored by Representative Mike Harmon are out of line and are simply meant to kill the bill.
Several committee members expressed concern about bullying but indicated current law should address the issue. Sponsor Mary Lou Marzian says the legislation gives school officials power they don’t currently have to better deal with bullies who target gay students.
Paul Lenzi, Executive Director of the Blue Apple Players, which has produced several plays focusing on the subject, says bullying is different these days because of technology.