On May 5, California Representative Linda Sanchez introduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act, H.R. 2262, a federal anti-bullying bill. She was joined by 40 bipartisan cosponsors. The more cosponsors, the bigger the message Congress will receive that it needs to act.
Call your Representative and ask her or him to cosponsor the Safe Schools Improvement Act to establish a federal anti-bullying policy.
To call your local representative, dial the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask to be connected to your Representative's office.
If you are not sure who your Representative is, click here and enter your state and zip code.
When making calls:
Inform the office that H.R. 2262 has been introduced by Representative Linda Sanchez and 40 bipartisan cosponsors.
If she or he hasn't signed, urge the Representative to cosponsor. They can contact Representative Linda Sanchez's office if they wish to cosponsor.
IMPORTANT: If your representative is already a cosponsor, call and thank her or him for supporting efforts to stop bullying. To see a list of current cosponsors, CLICK HERE.
About the Bill
The Safe Schools Improvement Act will amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, which supports programs that prevent violence and drug use in and around schools in order to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement.
The amendments are to add definitions for bullying and harassment and to include the two in pre-existing requirements on reporting and on the use of funding. The proposed legislation explicitly states that the bill will in no way interfere with Freedom of Speech and Expression Laws.
To learn more about the bill, CLICK HERE.
See the more than 80 bipartisan cosponsors.
To see how the bill will amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, click on: SSIA Comparison Chart.