Safer schools in North Carolina

by on September 7, 2009  •  In Uncategorized

Since one of the first posts on this blog, a little more than a year ago, was about the failure of the North Carolina legislature to pass an anti-bullying bill because it would protect gay and transgender kids, I thought it only fair to note that this year, the legislature got the job done. 

The NC School Violence Prevention Act was signed into law by the Governor on June 30. It requires each local school district to adopt, publicize and enforce explicit anti-bullying policies. The new law squeaked by in both houses of the state legislature: by votes of 26 to 22 in the state senate and 63 to 51 in the house.

The act is the first state-wide law in NC to protect against any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and the first state-wide law in any southern state to protect against gender identity discrimination. Congrats to Equality NC!


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