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Nearly all Mass. schools meet anti-bully deadline

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nearly every public school district in Massachusetts has filed an anti-bullying plan with the state.

Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said Monday that 390 out of 393 public school districts and charter schools have complied with the Dec. 31 deadline set by a new state law aimed at curbing bullying in schools.

The law requires schools to create a bullying prevention and intervention plan that prohibits bullying, cyberbullying, and retaliation.

Districts and schools that have yet to submit their plans will be notified in writing.

Lawmakers approved the anti-bullying bill after several incidents including the death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who took her life last year after allegedly being tormented by several South Hadley High School classmates.

Associated Press