From the Raleigh News and Observer: Bullying Bill Goes Backward (July 17)
The anti-bullying bill, which would have listed gay students as potential harassment targets, is dead, said a state senator who worked on proposal.
The Senate had the bill on its list of issues to vote on today, but sent it back to committee.
Another controversial bill that appeared dead this week was twice given new life and passed, but Sen. Doug Berger, a Franklin County Democrat, said the bullying bill is really gone.
The bill was controversial because it listed "sexual orientation" and more than a dozen other characteristics as reasons school children might be bully targets. Groups interested in socially conservative issues such as the Christian Action League and the N.C. Family Policy Council did not want the term "sexual orientation" in state law, saying that gay-rights groups would use it to leverage other rights.
The bill would have required teachers, students and volunteers to report bullying and have local school boards establish anti-bullying policies.