Education officials look to crack down on bullies in Brooklyn and city schools
When Brooklyn students go back to school in September, they won't be allowed to tease other students about gender-related issues. This comes after the City Council passed a law last year that requires teachers to be trained to deal with bullies. Education officials say the City Council's law contradicts state law but they are now making an effort to include some of the bullying issues into their discipline code. The code states that students are responsible for being polite and courteous to all students, regardless of gender identity and gender expression. Now, when teachers see or hear the abuse, they'll be required to report it and students will be punished. Education officials will meet with Brooklyn parents, teachers and community members to discuss the proposed changes on Wednesday at the Tweed Courthouse.