New Virginia law addresses bullying in schools

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RICHMOND (WJHL) -- Just in time for the new school year, Virginia lawmakers are trying to cut down on bullying in classrooms.

A new law, which went into effect July 1, sets a time frame of when schools must report any bullying to parents.

HB 1709 was introduced by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax).

It requires school principals to notify the parent of any student involved in an alleged incident of bullying of the status of any investigation within five school days of the allegation.

In a statement, Filler-Corn said the law was a product of a shared belief that every student in Virginia has the right to not only learn but thrive in school.

“I am grateful that Virginia is taking the lead to fight back against bullying in our schools. Together, we can make our schools a safer and more inclusive space for students across the Commonwealth,” she said.