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Expanded Anti-Bullying Law in CT

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New anti-bullying law requires more training for workers.

The state's newly expanded anti-bullying law requires training for every worker associated with school districts.

The updates were a major focus of a conference Wednesday that drew scores of parents, administrators, students and others to the State Capitol.

The updated law specifically bans bullying by email, Facebook or other electronic methods. It also requires districts to keep public records of the number of verified bullying incidents, and to meet deadlines to investigate bullying reports and contact parents.

A 2009 state report found that one of every four Connecticut high school students had been bullied or harassed on school property in the previous year.