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Rep. Rita Smart introduces bill designating October “Anti-Bullying Month” in Kentucky

A bill to designate October as Anti-Bullying Month in Kentucky and make purple and yellow the colors of the awareness campaign’s official commemoration ribbon has been introduced in the Kentucky House by Rep. Rita Smart. Madison Middle School is working with her to promote the bill. A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. at Madison Middle School.

HB 35, which was pre-filed by Smart last year, will be considered by the Kentucky General Assembly during the 2013 Regular Session which resumes on Feb. 5 in Frankfort.

HB 35 was drafted after Smart, D-Richmond, received an e-mail from Madison Middle School Assistant Principal Scott Anderson which stated Kentucky does not have an official ribbon commemorating National Bullying Prevention Month in October. Anderson said his school believes purple and yellow should be designated the ribbon’s official colors by state law.

According to the bill, purple represents victims of domestic violence while yellow represents those who have committed suicide, in this case because they were bullied.

Anderson told Smart that Madison Middle School would like to work with her to promote the bill. The result has been a coordinated effort that led to the filing of the bill and a press conference to promote the legislation. That press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. at Madison Middle School.

“HB 35 is the result of considerable effort by Madison Middle School’s staff and students to bring attention to how bullying impacts our students, our schools, and our state,” said Smart. “I am honored to be able to work with the school on this legislation which, I hope, leads to better awareness of the dangers of bullying both here at home and statewide.”

October has been observed as National Bullying Prevention Month since 2010, but the campaign has never been formally recognized under Kentucky law.


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