Talk of more anti-bullying legislation next year

Hawai‘i’s new anti-bullying law is almost a month old, but some state lawmakers and educators are expressing concern it may not be enough to tackle the root of the problem in schools.

“I think the new law that we passed is a good first step, but by no means is it the end of the road for our efforts to stop bullying and cyberbullying in our schools and in our broader community,” said Sen. Jill Tokuda, D-Kailua/Kane‘ohe, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee.

House Bill 688 requires the Hawai‘i State Board of Education to craft uniform rules for public schools to report harassment and bullying on campus and online, while monitoring such occurrences and enforcing the rules.

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