State lawmakers heard emotional testimony yesterday from a 16-year-old girl who tried to commit suicide after being bullied at school.
Chelsea Little spoke in support of an anti-bullying bill requiring the Department of Education to help schools develop bullying prevention programs. She told lawmakers:
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>“It started back in 7th grade when I got shoved into lockers and bathroom stalls, and got called really really mean names. “
The bill, sponsored by State Representative Gregory Porter of Indianapolis would include support services for victims and would require school districts to track the number and nature of bullying events reported each year.
The bill cleared the House Education Committee with a 9-0 vote and will now go before the full House.