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McAuliffe to sign anti-bullying, school counselor license requirements bills

(MGN Online)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Gov. McAuliffe is set to sign a bill Tuesday that would require schools to notify parents of students involved in alleged bullying incidents of the status of any investigation within five days of the allegation.

HB 1709 was created to require the policies and procedures prohibiting bullying to be contained in each school board's code of student conduct.

The bill was sponsored by De. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) who hopes the notifications will prevent bullying, including online.

Opponents of the bill expressed concerns that parents could be notified before instances were confirmed.

But supporters said any act of bullying, whether it’s real or perceived, is a serious thing, and it needs to be treated as a priority.

McAuliffe is signing the anti-bullying bill in conjunction with Sen. Jeremy McPike's (D-Dale City) bill SB 1117 that requires those getting a school counselor's license to complete training in the recognition of mental health disorders and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse.

Both bills will be signed on Tuesday in Woodbridge at 1:30 p.m., check back for further details.

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