Mass. officials set anti-bullying guidelines
BOSTON—School principals would be required to report any instances of bullying to the parents of the students involved under new guidelines proposed Tuesday by state education officials.
The guidelines from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education were required under an anti-bullying law Gov. Deval Patrick signed in May. The law was passed after the suicides of two students believed to be victims of intense harassment, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, of South Hadley, and 11-year-old Carl Walker-Hoover, of Springfield.
State education officials released the guidelines to help school officials across the state decide how to best address bullying in their districts.
"Good relationships between adults and students are the best defense against bullying, but the state must play an active role in assisting districts," Education