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Del. Lawmakers Look to Reduce Bullying

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Attorney General Matt Denn introduced legislation with the intention of curbing bullying in Delaware public schools. (Photo: WBOC) Attorney General Matt Denn introduced legislation with the intention of curbing bullying in Delaware public schools. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Delaware lawmakers are looking into whether or not a school needs to report an incidence of bullying to the police that does not result in a serious injury.

Attorney General Matt Denn co-authored legislation with lawmakers that aims to reduce bullying and keep students out of the criminal justice system.

Denn said the legislation would eliminate the obligation that schools currently have to report to police all fights between students that result in a non-serious injury.

He notes that last year 130 students were sent to the police from public schools for getting into fights with other students that did not result in serious injuries.

"The schools had no choice under current law but to involve the police," he said. "Some of those students probably should have been dealt with by the police, but some should not."

Denn said schools and parents should be able to use their common sense about which school fights are criminal matters and which should be dealt with by the school.

Some parents WBOC spoke with Monday disagreed with Denn. Keith Barry, a father of a soon-to-be elementary schooler, said that bullying is bullying and students should have consequences for it.

"That makes no sense," he said. "If you slap lipstick on a pig is it not a pig?"

The bill would also requires schools to inform parents of bullying victims that the Attorney General's Office is there to intervene in their child's case if the family feels it is not being addressed satisfactorily by the school system.

Barbara Wright of Dover sees the problem in a greater sense and thinks the family needs to be more involved and committed to ending bullying.

"It should be a team effort," she said. "Where everyone is involved. As the adage says, 'It takes a village to raise a child."

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