School Safety Bills Signed By Governor: Cyberbullying and Campus Security

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

By: Gina Pitisci
May 30, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Florida Governor Rick Scott signed seven bills today dealing with schools. Most of these bills will go into effect July 1st. With many of these bills, the hope is to help in those situations that can potentially impact the educational process at school.

Two bills take on cyber-bullying and ID badges.

House Bill 609 expands the schools authority on how to take appropriate action for cyber-bullying and expands the definition of bullying and harassment.

Bill Epting, Leon High School Principal: "It's very common for an adolescent to be upset with a fellow student and they put something inappropriate on a Facebook page or an Instagram or something like that. Before, if that posting was made on a personal computer at home, the school really had no authority or jurisdiction over that."

With the expansion of social media, Epting says cyber-bullying has become more of an issue in recent years and thinks this new law will help.

Epting: "With the technology now, we don't have as much of the physical as we had before, now it's the verbal and the stigmas that people are attaching to other people and that's all done through electronic media."

H-B 21 is another bill governor scott signed into law. It will require a background check and uniform ID badges for any contractors on school campuses. Senator Montford says this will save time for the school system, increase safety and create continuity.

Senator Bill Montford: "You have to be exceptionally careful about who comes on the campus, what adults come on the campus and as you all know that sometimes it's the people that will do harm to children may not look harmful, but in fact they are."

Governor Scott signed 3 dozen bills into law today and according to his office, continues to work through all the legislation that was approved during the 2013 session.

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