Sen. Wiger: Anti-Bullying Legislation Should Be Non-Partisan

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Senator Charles Wiger (DFL) spoke at a press conference in the State Capitol yesterday to deliver the message that anti-bullying legislation ought to be non-partisan politics. “We must have a very strong public policy message, to the children who have a fundamental expectation to be safe, to their parents, and to their loved ones, that we support safe schools,” Wiger emphasizes. “Schools are drug-free zones — that’s non-partisan. But what about all the emotional violence that happens? We’ve been very clear about expectations for safe schools. But the bullying problem continues.” Wiger says that hundreds in his district, including officials, have said anti-bullying legislation extends beyond partisan politics.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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