Happy first birthday to South Dakota’s anti-bullying law!
In March 2012, South Dakota became the forty-ninth state to pass anti-bullying legislation. Until then, according to Rapid City Journal newswriter David Montgomery, “the U.S. Department of Education identified South Dakota as the only state in the country that doesn't have either legislation or statewide policy dealing with bullying” (1, emphasis added). Sometimes it’s good to be number one.
Senate Bill No. 130, now a South Dakota law, identifies bullying as “repeated conduct that causes physical hurt or psychological distress” or “property damage” (2). It provides a model that individual school districts can adopt and amend as needed. According to the Associated Press, “The bill's model prohibits bullying, sets a procedure for reporting and investigating it and addresses ‘cyber’ or electronic harassment” (3).
No one likes kids being bullied. So everyone is happy now, right? Well, no. See, the anti-bullying law…
ON HATE CRIMES IN THE U.S.Hate
crime victims and comparisons with their demographic representation
2000, the number of organized hate groups -- from white nationalists, neo-Nazis
and racist skinheads to border vigilantes and black separatist organizations --
has climbed by more than 50 percent, according to the Southern Poverty Law
Center (SPLC)” (Florida,
A summary of hate
crime info, according to the FBI’s
2010 report: Hate crimes are broken down thusly: 47.3% by a racial
bias, 20% percent by a religious bias, 19.3% by asexual orientation bias,
and 12.8% by an ethnicity/national origin bias. Bias against a disability
accounted for 0.6% of single-bias incidents.
Hate crimes by
race: Anti-Black: 69.8%Anti-White: 18.2% Anti-multiracial: 5.7% Anti-Asian or Pacific Islander: 5.1%Anti-Native American/Alaskan Native: 1.2%·
crimes by religion: Anti-Jewish: