LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette mother traveled to the Statehouse Wednesday to urge legislators to pass an anti-bullying bill.
"I'm here to have Angel's voice heard today," Danielle Green said about her visit to the statehouse. "She wanted justice, she wanted change. I'm doing this not just for my daughter, but for every child here in Indiana."
Green's daughter took her own life after Green said she was bullied at school. Her daughter's friend Andrew Swartz made the trip too to urge Senators to pass the bill.
"I'm hoping that we get this law passed because we want people to take this more seriously," Swartz said.
The bill requires each school corporation to establish a bullying prevention program for faculty, staff, and students. It also requires procedures put in place for investigating and reporting bullying incidents.
"I think that it is extremely important to lay down these kind of rules and expectations of our children to understand that this is harassment, this is abuse, and it is not acceptable in any means possible," Green said. "If you want to do this there's going to be a consequence to doing it."
Green and Swartz said they plan on speaking before Senators to urge the passing of the bill. Swartz said he hopes one day he'll be able to discuss bullying in the classroom.
"In high school and stuff like that they'll actually teach it more, and like maybe they'll actually have their own class for it," Swartz said.
Senators in the committee passed the bill 8 to 3.
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