Anti-Bullying Programs Would Be Restored with New Legislation

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12-year-old Ronin Shimizu

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A new bill aims to restore anti-bullying programs cut because of funding.

Assembly Bill 63, introduced by Concord Asm. Susan A. Bonilla, would allow for a specialized license plate available through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Funds raised from those plates would go toward those anti-bullying programs.

“No child should attend school in fear of being a victim of violence or bullying,” Bonilla said in a message from her office. “Over the years funding for programs that prevent acts of violence, bullying, or any other school crisis has severely diminished, leaving our kids at greater risk of danger.”

The bill was inspired by the death of Ronin Shimizu, the Folsom boy who committed suicide because he was bullied, according to his family.