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Lawmaker to commissioner: Let's stop bullying



State Rep. John Legg has seen kids picking on other kids at the charter school he helps run in Pasco County. But never has bullying hit home like the news of a family friend who committed suicide after being harassed daily at his New Jersey school, as Fox News reported.

Sparked by that tragedy, Legg, who's seeking election to the state Senate, has sent a letter to Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson (attached below) offering to do whatever he can, in a public or private capacity, to aggressively work to make kids feel safer in school.

"We've got to find a mechanism of some kind, so if a kid is being bullied we can help him," Legg explained.

It might just be offering children a place to go, or to call, if they feel threatened and don't feel comfortable talking to family members but need an outlet.

"I want to help in any way I can," Legg said. "My letter is a call-out to the commissioner and any other stakeholder saying if they're willing to work on it, so am I."

For more on the issue, check out the federal government's new website

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 3:38pm]


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