Anti Bullying Act of 2012

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Bullying is a serious problem in homes, schools and communities. Often dismissed as an adolescent “rite of passage,” research clearly indicates bullying is learned behavior and detrimental to the academic, physical, social and emotional development of all involved – bullies, targets and the bystanders who witness it. Bullying is not only a problem of youth but is one that spans all ages. Despite volumes of research, countless “anti-bullying” programs and increased scrutiny by the media, bullying continues to pervade our culture and our schools. A wave of recent bullying incidents with tragic outcomes has shed a renewed light on this issue.

Worldwide, Reports in 2010 the “chronic persistence of school bullying has led to student suicides across the country, including New Jersey” Identified a need “to strengthen the standards and procedures for preventing, reporting, investigating, and responding to incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students that occur in school and off the school premises” are the reason s behind the Anti-Bullying legislation.

In the Philippines, the House Bill 5496, to be known as the "Anti-Bullying Act of 2012," seeks to provide students and their parents or guardians awareness of the impact of bullying and how it can be prevented or addressed. The measure shall require all elementary and secondary schools to adopt policies that will address the existence of bullying in the respective institutions. Under the bill, existing schools shall submit their anti-bullying policies to the Department of Education within six months upon effectivity of the law. All school-related bullying incidents must be reported to their respective schools' division superintendents, who in turn shall compile and report to the Secretary of Education. The Department of Education (DepEd) is mandated to submit a report on bullying incidents to the appropriate Congressional committee and shall sanction school administrators for...
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