SAN ANTONIO -- A new state law that confronts bullying issues is in effect this school year. The law allows school districts to transfer bullies off the campus to a different school. The new law has three points that help parents in dealing with bullying issues.
“Last year we implemented a texting feature because, as you know, students text as opposed to talk on the phone,” said Pascual Gonzalez, spokesperson for NISD.
Rachel Hernandez said, “I think it’s good because I don’t see why my son should be reprimanded for him being bullied and him having to start over at another school when he’s already established. And to start all over it’s not really fair for him.”
Prior to this new law the victim was the one that usually would leave the school. This could often times lead to more stress for the very student who was targeted.
“It’s certainly traumatic for any child to be the victim of bullying activities. It’s also stressful to have that child removed from the space where he or she calls home,” said Gonzalez.
Van De Putte says she sponsored the bill after a group she called the Dozen Parent Coalition supported her efforts to move the law forward. Van de Putte says the law was a bipartisan effort from Republicans as well as state Democrats.