By David Montgomery
SB 130 would require each school district have a bullying policy, provide suggestions for what such a policy should include and write a model policy that would take effect if school districts didn’t act.
The debate in committee centered not on whether the bill should pass but in what form. Specifically, some lawmakers supported saying districts “shall” include certain criteria, while others preferred saying they “may” include those criteria.
Attorney General Marty Jackley proposed the looser language.
“An anti-bullying policy should have local control as its cornerstone,” Jackley said. “I would submit to you that what goes on in my hometown of Sturgis, South Dakota, is different from what goes on in Sioux Falls.”