An anti-bullying bill introduced by Senator Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, directed at the state’s public schools was approved by the state’s Senate Education Committee Wednesday.
The bill, known as SB 1411, would require every public grade school in California post a standardized, user friendly “Respect for All” sign on their campuses, according to Runner.
“Bullying is not just a painful experience, it is also a roadblock to a quality education,” said Runner in a press release.
Runner introduced the legislation in the hopes that the “Respect for All” sign would encourage victims to report bullying to teachers or staff and also advise students, parents and teachers that incidents of bullying or other student victimization could be reported to the district or county superintendent of education.
“Every child deserves a fear free learning environment,” said Runner. “SB 1411 will ensure all students know that there is help both at the school and beyond the school walls to protect their rights.”
The bill moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.