Turn To Tara: Assemblywoman joins fight to stop DASA loophole

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A Westchester assemblywoman says she is joining the fight to stop a legal loophole that leaves some students vulnerable to bullying.

A Turn To Tara investigation recently exposed the loophole in the Dignity for All Students Act after a student received a death threat at a local private school.  In her case, the alleged bully went unpunished and she had to transfer schools. Currently, DASA regulations do not apply to private or parochial schools.

Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer says she was heartbroken to hear the story, and now is joining the fight to fix it.

Mayer announced that she has decided to become a co-sponsor on a bill which would change the state bullying law to apply to children in all schools.

“As a mother of three children, I'm a grandmother of three children, to see kids suffer and see the pain and lasting trauma that bullying can have. We just have to do everything we can to put a stop to it, to limit it, making it unacceptable,” she says.

Assemblyman Tom Abinant, who also represents Westchester, signed on as co-sponsor last week. Both lawmakers are hopeful they can get the bill passed into law sometime next year and possibly name it after the young teen featured in the Turn To Tara story.

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