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Adult Depression Linked to Childhood Bullying

Karen Kaplan with the Los Angeles Times, reprinted in the June 4, 2015, Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on a recent study that “nearly 30 percent of cases of depression among adults” can be traced by to bullying during childhood.

So, thanks again to the House and Senate DFL Caucuses for their work to pass the Safe and Supportive Schools act.

And, when it comes to the 2016 election, remember that our House District 48B Representative, Jenifer Loon, and Senate District 48 Senator David Hann both voted against this bill.

Here’s a link to the above article.


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Bullied Students Sneak Thousands of Guns Into Schools

Bill Briggs on the NBC News website posted an article discussing a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showing that bullied students are sneaking hundred of thousands of firearms, knives and clubs into U.S. high schools.

Students who feel threatened or injured by a weapon on school property were eight times more likely to then carry a weapon there. And, the more often a student is bullied, the more likely that student is to take a weapon back to school.

Thank you, Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate for passing the Safe School Act to help protect all our students.

You can read the full post here.

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URGENT: The Safe & Supportive Schools Act Vote is April 3

The good news: The Senate plans to take up the Safe & Supportive Schools Act for a vote on the floor April 3, 2014.The bad news: Too many Senators think our schools are safe enough, our students have the support they need, and that Minnesota can afford to continue with the status quo – or worse, believing false claims that this bill will somehow harm kids. They must hear from YOU!
We must set the record straight TODAY!

  • The Safe & Supportive Schools Act will facilitate a collaborative, statewide effort to end bullying in MN once and for all.
  • Minnesota has the weakest antibullying laws in the country.
  • 56% of students report being directly involved as either the target of bullying or by bullying others.
  • Educators, parents, and students need tools and resources to prevent bullying.

More: http://www.senatedfl.mn/topic/safe-schools

How can I help?Please choose at least 1 of the following to help us ensure this bill passes!

1. Have you contacted (by phone or email) your state Senator telling them to SUPPORT H.F. 826? Please do so now!  (We know Sen. Hann won’t support the bill, but we need to continually remind him there are many people in his district that don’t hold his narrow, Tea Party views.

2. Have you written an email to your friends and neighbors or posted to social media explaining why you think this bill is necessary? The public needs to know that this bill is good for our kids, parents, and schools!

3. Have you contacted your local school board, asking them to publicly SUPPORT H.F. 826?

We’ve got to let Minnesota students know that we’ve got their backs.

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The Bully Problem

MN2020 Education Fellow, Michael Diedrich, posted on this subject on March 10, 2014. His position is that students must feel safe to be able to do well in school. It’s an easy thing to say, but much harder to implement.

With the Minnesota legislature debating beefing up it’s laws to prevent bullying (we have some of the weakest in the country), he discusses what’s currently in the bill.

You can read the full post here.




Laurie McKendry at Safe Schools Rally

laurie-mckendryOn Monday, March 3, 2014, community members supporting the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act will be participating in a student-led rally in the State Capitol Rotunda.

Senate District 48 Senate candidate Laurie McKendry will be attending with supporters. The rally starts at 1:30 pm. If you’d like to participate, send them an e-mail at [email protected]

Our current State Senator, David Hann, made his position known at the end of  last year’s session when he threatened to run the clock out with a 10-hour filibuster rather than allow the bill to the floor for a vote effectively tabling it for that session.

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