Skip Navigation
Office of the Governor of Michigan, Rick SnyderMichigan.gov, Official Web Site for the State of Michigan
Michigan.gov Home
close print view

Snyder signs anti-bully bill

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan will become the 48th state to require schools to develop and enforce policies to protect students from harassment, intimidation and physical violence under anti-bullying legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today.

The governor called on lawmakers to pass the legislation as part of the education reform plan he proposed in April, saying students need to feel safe in the classroom so they can focus on learning.

"This legislation sends a clear message that bullying is wrong in all its forms and will not be tolerated," Snyder said. "No child should feel intimidated or afraid to come to school."

The governor said having a clear policy in place will give teachers and administrators the tools they need to deal with bullies, but he added that parents can help by ensuring their own children do not engage in or encourage others to bully.

House Bill 4163, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Potvin, is known as "Matt's Safe School Law" in honor of Matt Epling, a Michigan teen who ended his life in 2002 after enduring severe bullying.  The legislation gives schools six months to develop clear anti-bullying policies so they will be in place by the start of the 2012-2013 school year.  The bill is now Public Act 241 of 2011.

A detailed description of the bill's requirements may be found online at www.legislature.mi.gov.

#####
 

Related Content
 •  Snyder on first day of China investment mission: Michigan is open for business, travel
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Unemployment rate continues to drop as state focuses on building skilled workforce
 •  Snyder leads mission to China to promote travel and business investment in state
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Southeast Michigan storm survivors granted more time to seek assistance
 •  Gov. Snyder encourages residents to make winter emergency preparedness a priority
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Senate action a good step toward a comprehensive, sustainable road improvement plan
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder honors Michigan veterans
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder taps public, private fiscal experts for Detroit Financial Review Commission
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Detroit's bankruptcy resolution is the result of cooperation, compromise and a shared vision
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder issues statement following Court of Appeals ruling on same-sex marriage
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder recognizes 2,500 MAEAP farm verification milestone
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder says NITC moving forward as clearing of land begins for bridge project
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder says economic impact of food, agriculture industry surpasses $100 billion goal
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Investing in skilled trades training strengthens Michigan's economy
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: State government must lead by example in efforts to hire people with disabilities
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan taking aggressive steps to prepare for potential Ebola case
 •  Investment committee members for Detroit pension systems named
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bipartisan bill clarifying existing direct auto sales law
 •  Gov. Snyder signs bill giving terminally ill residents more treatment options
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder says state's preparedness, education efforts continue against Ebola threat
QR code

Michigan.gov Home
PoliciesMichigan NewsMichigan.gov Survey


Copyright © 2014 State of Michigan