WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed announced Tuesday he has introduced legislation to help crackdown on bullying in public schools.
Reed said the bill known as ‘Danny’s Law’ would ask the President to establish an “Anti-Bullying Roundtable” tasked with studying bullying in elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
“It is important to ensure our kids grow up free from the secret burdens of bullying,” said Reed. “Keeping them safe from harassment, bullying and other forms of intimidation is a top priority in our district and across the country.”
“We are proud to work together to end this age-old problem that has spread to so many new forms with the growth of technology in our day to day lives,” explained Reed.
The group would consult with state and local educational agencies regarding policies on bullying, stakeholder education, instances of student violence and self-harm as a result of bullying.
Last congressional session similar legislation was introduced by former-Congressman Dan Donovan.
The roundtable members would consist of teachers, parents and school guidance counselors.
Danny’s Law is named in honor of 13-year-old Daniel Fitzpatrick took his own life as a direct result of bullying at school.
Since then his family established Danny’s Angel Network Nurturing Youth (D.A.N.N.Y.) Inc., which seeks to raise awareness and end bullying in schools.