New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for acting quickly to sign anti-cyber bullying legislation in time for the start of the new school year. With the new law students will be protected from cyber bullying in public schools, as well as from bullying and discrimination. Addabbo said he supported the new law, which is designed to strengthen a school’s response to harassment and bullying because of improved reporting, investigation, intervention, training and prevention.

Addabbo, a member of the senate’s Education Committee, said the bill signed into law by the governor amends the state’s Education Law by requiring school districts “to act immediately to end harmful behavior when cyber bullying occurs and to establish protocols to respond to cyber bullying, harassment, bullying and discrimination to prevent recurrences and protect targeted students.”

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