In a new effort to make education professionals take responsibility for creating safe schools, lawmakers want to tie state funding to anti bullying efforts.
In Missouri, the effort in the state capitol was spurred by a vicious beating of a 12 year old autistic boy at Liberty Middle School.
Lawmakers entered into a heated discussion in the Missouri Senate, blaming the school and administrators for not doing enough to protect the student in a bullying case that had been ongoing for a month.
“Your job is to make sure a kid isn’t beaten within an inch of his life by another kid that you were warned about,” Senator Eric Schmitt said of Liberty Middle School administrators. “All the dollars you claim you need from the state budget, some of that is at risk if you don’t do your job.”
12 year old Blake Kitchen was beaten severely during breakfast at school by a child who had allegedly been bullying his older brother, according to his mother, Destiny Kitchen. The Kitchen family had complained in writing to the school about the bully the month before. Blake has Asperger’s syndrome.