As a father and a grandfather, Senator Leahy understands that there is no greater responsibility than to protect our nation's children by ensuring they learn in a safe environment. Senator Leahy is concerned about the alarming reports of increased bullying and harassment in our schools. That is why he was proud to cosponsor the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which addresses the issue of harassment of students and bullying in schools and takes appropriation action to prevent such instances. He is a cosponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), which would establish protections for those who are discriminated against or bullied based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Vermont has long-recognized the importance of creating a safe school environment for all our children, and Vermont is a leader among states in passing laws to protect school children from harassment. There are a number of useful state and federal resources available:
- The federal government maintains a website with anti-bullying resources
- The Vermont Human Rights commission is another good source of information on students’ and parents’ rights under state anti-bullying and harassment laws
- The website for the Vermont Department of Education’s Safe Schools program links to a number of state based anti-bullying initiatives