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School of Law to Host Hearing on New Massachusetts Bullying Law

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Western New England College School of Law will host a public hearing by a commission tasked with making recommendations on the state's new bullying prevention law on Thursday, February 17. The hearing will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Blake Law Center's J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room.

The Commission, chaired by Attorney General Martha Coakley, was created by the Legislature as a provision of the bullying prevention law signed by Governor Patrick last May. Provisions of this new law include requirements for schools to create and implement bullying prevention plans and curricula. The law also placed new restrictions on young people's use of any technology to bully another person. The Commission is charged with reviewing the Massachusetts General Laws and considering whether any laws need to be amended or created in order to more effectively address bullying and cyber-bullying.

The Commission's public hearing in Springfield – one of two being held statewide -- is hosted by the School of Law's Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs. While the hearing is open to the public, seating in the Pellegrini Moot Court Room is limited. Additional seating will be provided in the Law Center Commons, where guests will be able to watch the debate live on a wide-screen television.

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