Anti-Bullying Bill approved by House panel
Interaksyon.com reports that The House Committee on Basic Education has approved the Anti-Bullying Bill (House Bill 5248).
Interaksyon.com reports that The House Committee on Basic Education has approved the Anti-Bullying Bill (House Bill 5248). Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara told reporters that amendments were made to the bill to strike out provisions that could be regarded as "too detailed and restrictive" such as "eye-rolling" and "keeping secrets away from so-called friends."
According to the report, the bill defines bullying as "any severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture or a combination thereof directed at another student." The acts include "any unwanted physical contact between the bully and victims like punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, slapping, tickling, headlocks, school pranks, teasing, fighting and use of available objects as weapons." Cyber-bullying or any bullying done through the use of technology or electronic means are also considered acts of bullying under the proposed measure.
Under the bill, the Department of Education would be tasked to include in its trainings programs, courses or activities that provide opportunities for school administrators to address the problem of bullying in school. The school principal would be tasked to notify the proper law enforcement agency if he or she believes that criminal charges may be pursued against the perpetrator.
The bill, which is now referred to the plenary for debates, is expected to be passed in the House within the year.
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