Students Rally at State Capitol in Support of Safe and Supportive Schools Act

Updated: 03/04/2014 5:13 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 5:05 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Supporters of the Safe and Supportive Schools Act were rallying at the State Capitol Monday afternoon.

They are hoping lawmakers will hear their calls and do something that will change the bullying laws in the state.

Earlier in the day about 400 high school students met at Metropolitan State University, along with Upfront Minnesota and the Safe Schools for All Coalition. The objective was to raise support for the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.

The group hopes that the bill will clarify what bullying looks like in schools, while also clarifying what the punishment of bullying would look like.

KSTP spoke with one student in support of the bill who says if you're looking for a traditional form of punishment, this bill doesn't include that. "Instead of wanting to see them punished or retaliation or anything like that- I want them to see them realize that what they're doing really is impacting people's lives and if they have all that energy to put into something negatively, imagine what they could do with some positive energy," Edina High School student Christina Wagner said.

The group of students went to the capitol where they held a rally. After the rally, students had an opportunity to meet with lawmakers and to express their own stories on why they think the bill should be passed.

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