Missouri House debated an anti-bullying bill and voted down an amendment.
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Missouri House debated an anti-bullying bill and voted down an amendment.

Date: May 1, 2012
By: Ruohan Xu
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1049

Intro: 
After an hour's debate, the Missouri House did not take any action on an anti-bully bill.
RunTime:  0:37
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: During the debate, representatives voted down an amendment that would create a scholarship program allowing qualified students to transfer to another school district.

St. Louis Democratic Representative Genise Montecillo says her son was bullied at school but the measure is not the right solution.

Actuality:  MONTECI.WAV
Run Time:  00:11
Description: "Because you said there is bully everywhere, we as adults dealing with bullies; he needed to learn how to deal with bullies. My fear is if we just allow students to move, we don't help them to learn how to deal with these situations in the long run."

Other representatives say more policies should be put in place educate bullies, instead of punishing them.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ruohan Xu.

Intro: 
The Missouri House debated over an anti-bullying bill and some representatives said it's important to educate bullies.
RunTime:  0:40
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: During the debate, the House voted down an amendment that would create a scholarship program allowing qualified students to transfer to another school district

Buchanan County Republican Representative Wayne Higdon shared a shooting story that happened in his district that was caused by bullying. Higdon says, moving student is not helpful.

Actuality:  HIGDON.WAV
Run Time:  00:12
Description: "What needed to help him, Mr. Speaker, was intervention from our school our parents, teaching children not to torment."

The House took no action on the underlying bill and if passed moves to the Senate.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ruohan Xu.


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