From the Billings Gazette:
HELENA — It took more than 10 years, several proposals and countless stories from young people who have suffered, but on Tuesday, Montana joined every other state in the nation with an anti-bullying law.
Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock signed the Bully Free Montana Act at Jefferson Elementary School in Helena. Bill sponsor Rep. Kim Dudik, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, students and their families joined Bullock for the signing of House Bill 284.
The new law defines bullying as any repeated harassment, hazing or threatening in person, or in writing including electronic communication.
“Finally Montana has a law that says bullying is not OK,” said Dudik, Democrat from Missoula. “It’s been a long time coming, and we’ve finally gotten it done.”
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