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Bill would fine teachers, staff for failing to report bullying

Published On: Mar 21 2013 10:02:35 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 21 2013 12:00:00 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

Educators fear a bill that would fine teachers and staff who fail to report bullying could have unintended consequences.

Republican Rep. Garey Bies, of Sister Bay, is circulating the legislation that imposes a $200 fine for failing to report students who bully. Wisconsin Association of School Boards spokesman Dan Rossmiller said he fears the proposal could lead to teachers over-identifying student behavior as bullying because they don't want to risk being fined.

Bies told the State Journal that parents say teachers aren't doing enough to stop bullying. State Department of Public Instruction policy defines bullying as "deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm." It states bullying behavior can be physical, verbal, or indirect, such as spreading rumors, social exclusion, or cyber bullying.

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