NYS Senate passes a new bill to curb bullying

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ALBANY, NY – JUNE 16: The New York State Senate debates legislation in the Senate chamber on June 16, 2011 in Albany, New York. The Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would legalize gay marriage as soon as tomorrow. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

If your child was being bullied at school, would you even know it?

The state Senate passed a bill on Monday to make sure you would be informed.

Jacobe’s Law requires school employees to make a good faith effort to notify parents when their child is being bullied.

The law is named in honor of Jacobe Taras, a 13-year-old boy from Fort Edward who committed suicide in 2015 due to bullying.

“Jacobe Taras’s death was a sad and tragic lesson for the urgent need to require transparency and parental notification when a child is bullied at school,” Senator Jim Tedisco, the bill sponsor, said.

The bill still must pass in the Assembly before it heads to the governor’s desk.
 

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