Governor Dayton Signs Safe & Supportive Schools Act Into Law!
Photo by Glenn Stubbe, Star Tribune
At 12:20 am on Wednesday, April 9, after almost 12 hours of debate, the House of Representatives passed the Safe Schools & Supportive Minnesota School Act by a vote of 69 to 63. At 4pm that afternoon, Governor Mark Dayton signed the antibullying bill into law on the steps of the Capitol in front of hundreds of supporters.
This was the culmination of years of hard work. OutFront Executive Director Monica Meyer first talked with Senator Scott Dibble about a bullying prevention bill more than 10 years ago (when Sen. Dibble was a House Representative).
Thank you to Governor Dayton, Senator Dibble, Representative Davnie, the 140+ member organizations of the Safe Schools for All Coalition, the 10,000 individuals who signed the Safe Schools petition, all of the students and everyone else who worked so hard to make this happen!
Here is the video of Governor Dayton’s signing ceremony (thanks to Line Break Media). It’s about 30 minutes long but well worth watching!
Here is a list of legislators who voted YES on safe schools.
If your school or district would like to create a policy for transgender students, here are our suggestions.
More coverage from the day:
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Safe Schools In The News
Photo by Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune
Inflammatory Comments From House Republicans
During the nearly 12 hours of debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, some Republicans made inflammatory statements about the Safe Schools bill and also OutFront Minnesota.
Five Extreme Things Minnesotan Republicans Said from Wrong For Minnesota.
Here are the video clips from The Uptake:
Representative Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) calls the anti-bullying bill "fascism" and says it is "an assault on the bible and conservative Christians"
Representative Jim Newberger (R-Becker) drew comparisons between the anti-bullying bill and the police state in George Orwell's 1984. He then later invoked Hitler's name.
Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glenco) suggested repealing laws that prevent corporal punishment in schools. When he was a kid, he bullied a girl on a bus. The bus driver then beat him for doing so. Gruenhagen said that solved the bullying problem. He offered another story about a fellow teacher that he said shows preventing teachers from beating children causes more problems because the anger becomes pent up and the teachers eventually punch out the student.
Representative Mike Benson (R-Rochester) said the anti-bullying bill will chill religious free speech.
But let’s end on a high note and celebrate that Minnesota has gone from having one of the weakest antibullying laws in the country to one of the strongest! Here’s the video from the Youth Summit Rally, which was held on March 3.
Star Tribune Op Ed “Counterpoint: Disregard fear, misconceptions on antibullying bill”
Associated Press “Minn. gay rights groups turn attention to bullying”
Coverage of Safe Schools event held in Hermantown on Saturday, February 22
Northlands News Center
Woodbury Bulletin Coverage of Safe Schools meeting in Woodbury
Northland News (Duluth TV station)
Youth Summit & Safe Schools Rally in the Rotunda
Safe Schools Call to Action - December 8 & 9, 2013
Duluth TV appearance
Stories about the opposition:
Star Tribune - February 27 "Antibullying bill raises troubling questions" by Katherine Kersten
KSTP - February 18: "Child Protection League launches billboard campaign against antibullying bill"
Twin Cities Daily Planet - February 20 "Legislators team up with Minnesota Family Council against bullying bill"
Minnpost - December 4 Mimi Anderson, the Child Protection League's program director, described the bill as "a disgusting and despicable piece of legislation.
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