Lawmaker: Reporting bullies to be easier with bill

Published: Dec. 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM EST
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It may soon be easier to keep bullies at bay.

Rep. Chip Limehouse prefiled a house bill (H 4413) that would allow students to report harassment anonymously through a website run by each school district.

"I think we can put an end to it," Rep. Limehouse (R – 110th District) said.  "That's my goal and my hope is that we can put an end to bullying in schools in South Carolina."

Live 5 spoke with many parents who said the website would be a good idea.

"You hear stories: Some of these kids have sleepless nights and very bad worry about coming to school and that's the last thing they need on their plate," Mickey Murray said.

A former teacher in the Charleston County School District, Meyriel Edge, said she wonders if victims would report the intimidation.

"I saw very, very insidious bullying going on, and it's very difficult to even identify it," she said. "The kids who are being bullied don't say anything, and the kids who are bullying, of course, don't want to say anything."

The bill has been assigned to the Committee on Education and Public Works.

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