Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 112431
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File Number: 112431 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1091-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: EXTEND ANTI-BULLYING LAW Introduced: 11/21/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/6/2011
Agenda Date: 12/6/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A12
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO EXTEND FLORIDA’S ANTI-BULLYING LAW TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/6/2011 11A12 Adopted P

County Attorney 11/21/2011 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 11/22/2011

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO EXTEND FLORIDA’S ANTI-BULLYING LAW TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS

BODY


WHEREAS, during the 2008 session, the Florida Legislature passed an anti-bullying law, the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act, Chapter 2008-123, Laws of Florida; and
WHEREAS, the Act was named for Jeffrey Johnston, who committed suicide in 2005 at age 15 after being victimized by a classmate’s taunts, which were posted and remained on the Internet for more than a year; and
WHEREAS, the Act prohibited bullying and harassment of any public K-12 student or employee, and required school districts to adopt policies to protect students and school employees from the physical and psychological harm of bullying and harassment; and
WHEREAS, the Act applied to public schools, and did not extend to bullying in private schools; and
WHEREAS, bullying is not solely a problem of public schools, bullying can also occur in the private schools; and
WHEREAS, last year, 11-year-old Celina Okwuone, a student at a private school in Port St. Lucie, Florida committed suicide allegedly as a result of bullying; and
WHEREAS, while many private schools, including Celina’s school, have anti-bullying policies in place that mirror the Jeffrey Johnston Act, others do not; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature should extend the Jeffrey Johnston Act to private schools,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to extend Florida’s anti-bullying law to private schools.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, the Senate President, the House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issue identified in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2012 State legislation package to include this item and include this item in the 2013 state legislative package.



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