ALBANY, NY (WENY) — From elementary school to middle school Jacobe Taras was bullied. At 13-years-old, he took his own life.
Christine said her son was a good kid who loved soccer and boy scouts.
For two years Jacobe’s parents have traveled to the state capitol in Albany to advocate for legislation that would require schools to notify parents when their child is being bullied.
Some lawmakers agree.
“I can tell you that they believe, and I believe if they were notified, he very well would be alive today,” Sen. James Tedisco (R-44th District) said tearfully.
Through this bill, lawmakers intend to set a reporting standard for bullying in schools.
The bill has passed in previous years in the Senate but has not passed in the Assembly. This year it died once again in an Assembly committee.