Frenship Students Take Law into their Own Hands and Draft New 'Bully Bill' - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/10/03

Frenship Students Take Law into their Own Hands and Draft New 'Bully Bill'

Students at Frenship Junior High are taking steps to fight a problem that's been around for years. "I just think it needs to be stopped," says Frenship 8th grader Alexis Miller.  She's talking about bullying. She and other students feel now is the time to stop it before it's too late. 

"This is something we have to adress and if we don't it's just gonna get to the point where there's another Columbine," says Frenship 8th grader, Mikal Janeway.

Now students are making pledges against bullying and drafting a bill that would crack down on school bullying. Students made signs but they are just a few examples of how students feel about bullying they say it's a growing problem and now students at Frenship are taking the issue all the way to the state legislature students and teachers say current punishment just isn't enough in solving the problem behind bullying.

"Several kids have come up to me this year very concerned and upset about the bullying that goes on in schools and they wanted to fix it," says teacher, Kristina Janeway.

"What we're hoping to do with the bill is make it where no matter what if there is any bullying verbally, mentally, or physically, abusing some other person we are trying to get this passed to punish them," says Mikal.

Mikal is all too familiar with being bullied and says it's something students should not have to go through when trying to learn. "For me it's a big issue in my life. I 've had a few run ins and one where I was severely injured," says Mikal.

State Representative Carl Isett encouraged students Monday morning by giving words of support and showing them what they would need to do to pass their new bill. "I think they are going to draft the legislation and try to bring it to us and see if we can affect change in Texas school policy," says Isett.

Right now, there are no laws in Texas that specifically adressing school bullying, but faculty and students at Frenship feel the problem is bigger than just bullies themselves. That's what they're hoping the propsed 'Bully Bill' will do and help solve problems for both the victim and the bully.

"A lot of times kids bring that baggage to school and they don't know how to deal with it so they put that on other children and part of fixing the problem is fixing the root cause," says Ms. Janeway. 

The students at frenship are hoping to have a final draft of the proposed Bully Bill finished by the start of next year. The bill could be voted on by the year 2005.

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