Ohio Legislators Pass Stripped Down Anti-Bullying Law Void Of LGBT, Disability, and Race Protections

Will Kohler

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  1. Cynthia Logan says:

    I had no idea they removed the most important part of this act. I was told they removed “off school property and added “buses”

    I am on top of it now.

    I sent an email to the Senator who chooses which bill will be voted on in the Ohio Senate house.

    I posted my email to my personal page and have the responses from parents who have lost children to Bullycide:
    Our State did it again….

    I was called by the sponsoring Senator who wanted me to know the Jessica Logan Act and was being voted on in the Senate committee and was able to witness The Jessica Logan Act being passed through the committee and was very happy. I knew they removed “off school property.”
    I was okay with that because they added school buses, as well as cyber-bullying policies being sent home with parents and letters being sent to parents if their child is a target or the abusive student.

    I found out the foundation of the Act was stripped. I was also told the president (Senator Niehaus) will be the one who choose which bill will go before the senate floor to be voted on.

    I just finished writing the following e-mail to this Senator.
    Dear Senator Niehaus,

    I am Jessica Logan’s mother, Cynthia.

    I am writing to you today because I was told you choose which bills will be on the docket for senate votes.

    I was very surprised to find out the most important part of the “Jessica Logan Act” was removed before it passed the committee hearing on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

    Why would our Senators and Representatives dismiss the realization “that would prohibit bullying based on any real or perceived characteristics of the student, such as race, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, and the bill did not include enumeration of particular characteristics?”

    Every single student that attends school must feel safe as well as their well-being be protected. It is the basis of learning in a school environment.
    This is a moral and ethical Act. When the foundation of the “Jessica Logan Act” was stripped of the above provisions, our Ohio children lose again.

    I am truly concerned our Senators and Representatives who have the opportunity to pass an Act with substance, missed the mark.

    Would you, Senator Niehaus and your fellow constituents reconsider the provision above, which is an extremely important part of this act?

    Please inform me when you decide to vote on the “Jessica Logan Act.”

    Thank you for your time and re-consideration on this subject matter.

    Cynthia Logan

    Yvonne: Cynthia, they want the glory but don’t want the hassle of having an effective act, that’s why they create toothless dragons!

    Cynthia Logan: Thank you, Yvonne. What a bunch of nonsense. I have no idea why they would remove the meat of this act? I am totally disgusted with the lot of them. I have to wait another week to hear back …or not…

    Yvonne: They want to be seen to be doing something, but don’t want to risk deselection by actually taking action against a young person whose parents may be amongst their voters. It’s the same the world over, unfortunately.

    Brad: essentially they have done what they did to Matts law, slimy bastards…

    Cynthia Logan: We are in an election year…that says it all, don’t you think?

    Yvonne: And I didn’t even know that!

  2. Julia Thomson says:

    Honestly, knowing OH, Equality OH would be ridiculed for being mad, and that would just make more tension in OH. Basically pointless there OH lawmakers, basically pointless.

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