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Published: Thursday, Feb. 21 2013 12:00 p.m. MST

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catcrazed
Eagle Mountain, UT

All of us should be responsible for watching out for young people. Schools, parents, etc. It appears we need to do a better job of communicating, developing trusting relationships, and providing lots of opportunities to problem solve. We also need to provide counseling, and teach both the bully and the bullied coping skills. Let's solve the problems, once and for all.

2centsEM
Eagle Mountain, UT

Here's an idea - the parents can talk to their children about their school day and get involved at the school. Surely there were some signs manifested at home that would indicate that something was going on. Why didn't the parents contact the school? At what point will the parents be expected to take some responsibility?
Another question - how is "bullying" being defined in this bill? Do parents have to sign something any time there is any kind of incident at school? Seems like a logistical nightmare. How will it be enforced?

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

So lets see if I have this right a bill that requires parental notification of bullying and suicide threats maybe outside what the legislature should be getting involved in but requiring parents consent and presence for a child under 18 to get a body piercing or tattoo is not and a law requiring abortion data be reported to the legislature for no apparent reason is also well within what they should be doing?

Winglish
Lehi, UT

Bravo to Representative Nielson. The Legislature sometimes seems to pick and choose which portions of the Constitution it chooses to follow. The State Board of Education may be directed by the Legislature to create policy. The Legislature does not have Constitutional authority to create policy or curriculum.
Either we adhere to our Constitution or we don't, folks. We can't complain about the Federal Government trampling our Constitutional rights if we do it ourselves right here at home.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Jim Nielson's reading of the state constitution is blindered. Article 1 ensures every Utahn the right to state protection against harm. As agencies of the state, the public schools are required to do their utmost to protect innocent children from assault and bullying. That it would require a state law to do so is a shame, but it's surely not "unconstitutional." Wake up, Jim.

snowman
Provo, UT

Parents should always be made aware of their childs problems at school.

JRJ
Pocatello, ID

I'm even more saddened about this child's death knowing that he was attending a charter school. Somehow we tend to think that moving our children to charter/private schools will help, but apparently not. I don't know how children who are in loving homes can respond to others in the way they do. I don't know, and I'm not looking for faults in anyone. It's just a mystery to me. My heart is sad for you.

UNCLE FRED
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Why is legislation necessary? Teach children to defend themselves. Schools should be held accountable. Hot lines are needed and discipline enforced for such behavior.

sanpaco
Sandy, UT

I sincerely doubt this kid showed no warning signs that he was contemplating suicide. A parent shouldn't need a teacher to call them to let them know there are issues with their own kid. The parent should be calling the teacher to see if there are any problems at school. All in all this is a bad situation and I feel bad for the parents but I have a real problem with them blaming the school for their kid's suicide.

sanpaco
Sandy, UT

How about some legislation requiring parents to take responsibility for their children and find out what is going on with them at school?

Winglish
Lehi, UT

@Irony Guy

The Court has already ruled that the Legislature may not Legislate educational policy and/or curriculum matters. They may direct the State Board of Education to create policy. Distribution of power is part of the system of checks and balances.
I do not disagree that parents should be alerted if a school is aware of bullying. If a statewide policy is to be created rather than local policy, the Governor or Legislature should follow established procedure by directing the State Board of Education to create such a policy. Anything the Legislature creates as educational policy or curriculum can and should be struck down as unconstitutional.

BU52
Provo, ut

Rather than a dictate from the legislature, which won't take into effect the current efforts in many schools. Just send over a request to the State Office of Ed that they work out a policy. At least it would be people who understand the system making policy rather than our part-time legislators using their sledgehammer to kill a fly.

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