Anti-Bullying Law Passes CA Senate

California’s state Senate has approved a comprehensive anti-bullying law requiring schools to investigate the harassment of students. The bill passed in the state Assembly three months ago and Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign it. “Seth’s Law” is named for Seth Walsh, the 13 year-old California boy who hung himself in his backyard after being bullied for being gay.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” said Wendy Walsh, Seth’s mother. “I am truly honored. Seth would be very honored. I really hope the governor signs it.” State Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Shafter, voted yes while state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, voted no. Fuller said Friday she believes schools are burdened already with too many “one-size-fits-all” state laws, and local districts should be making the calls. “That’s why we have school boards and superintendents,” said Fuller, former Bakersfield City School District superintendent. A year ago this month, Seth Walsh hanged himself in his backyard. He left a suicide note expressing anger at his school “for bringing you this sorrow.” And just more than two months ago, federal officials announced Tehachapi Unified School District failed to investigate or respond appropriately to the bullying of Seth.

Expect the “Repeal Seth’s Law” campaign.