Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Hampshire Girl Scouts Advocate for Anti-Bullying Law

In New Hampshire, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains was instrumental in gaining passage of an anti-bullying bill (H.B.1523) that was signed into law by Governor John Lynch earlier this week. The new law extends bullying to incidents of cyber-bullying, which take place through electronic means like cell phones, social networking sites and e-mail. Public schools across New Hampshire will have until January to draft detailed policies for dealing with bullying and cyber-bulling. Lynch celebrated the anti-bullying policy, saying:
“As governor, I have made the safety of our children a priority, and today, we are continuing our efforts to protect our most important resource – our children”.
The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains was one of a number of organizations that worked to pass the bill. Statistics from
The National Youth Violence Prevention Center show that almost 30% of youth in the United States (or over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both. In the media, there are a disturbingly high number of bullying stories that far too often result in fatality. Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to addressing the subject of bullying and works with local community officials to eradicate this problem. For more information on Bill HB23, check out articles in New Hampshire's Nashua Telegraph and Union Leader - and for Girl Scout anti-bullying stories look here and here. Is bullying a problem in your community?