Equality California has put out a call asking for public support for Seth’s Law — the EQCA-sponsored anti-bullying bill that would make schools safer for LGBT youth. The Assembly Appropriations Committee, which reviews bills that have a cost, is holding a hearing on the bill this Friday.
Here’s EQCA’s release:
Speaker John Perez is a co-author of Seth’s Law and is working hard to ensure it passes the committee vote. Committee Chair Felipe Fuentes, a great ally, is working alongside him. We owe them our thanks for their hard work and advocacy. Join them in asking the full Appropriations Committee to pass Seth’s Law without removing any of the critical protections it provides for LGBT students.
If the bill isn’t passed as it’s currently written, school administrators might not have to get involved when they see a student being bullied. Students who bully others might not receive counseling and learn about tolerance and acceptance. School districts might not be required to have any kind of anti-bullying policy in place.
Stand with Speaker Perez and Chairman Fuentes in support of Seth’s Law, and let the committee members who are on the fence know that we are watching them on behalf of the LGBT youth the bill will protect.
California schools have paid out millions of dollars in settlements for lawsuits due to bullying. A report by the California Safe Schools Coalition has found that bullying costs our schools nearly $40 million each year due to bullied students skipping school out of fear. Bullying also takes its toll on every student. Students can’t focus and learn when bullying disrupts their classrooms, or when a classmate takes their own life because they can no longer live with the intimidation they face.
Even if you have already taken action, please do it again and make sure that the full Committee hears your voice.