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Parents, Advocates Rally for Safe Schools

Updated: 02/22/2014 10:24 PM
Created: 02/22/2014 3:41 PM WDIO.com

People from all over northern Minnesota gathered in Hermantown on Saturday to tackle the issue of bullying.

The Northland Safe Schools Kickoff served to inform parents and community members about the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, and what they can do to help get it passed.

OutFront Minnesota put on the event, and Community Organizer Jeremy Keller said he believes the bill will make schools in Minnesota safer for kids.

"It provides clear definitions of bullying, harassment, intimidation," he said. "It enumerates all of the students that are more often targets of bullying to make sure that they're protected. It provides training and resources for schools, and it provides some guidelines to help schools in creating their policies."

The bill got through the House last year but was canceled at the last minute in the Senate. Keller said they want to get it through early this year so that doesn't happen again.

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