An anti-bullying bill named after a Cape Coral teen who committed suicide unanimously passed a Florida House committee today.
By a 10-0 vote, the House Committee on K-12 approved House Bill 669, known as the “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act.”
Debbie Johnston, a first-grade teacher at Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary in Cape Coral, has been pushing for the bill since after her son Jeff killed himself at age 15 in June 2005.
Jeff had endured more than two years of cyberbullying from a classmate.
The bill would prohibit bullying or harassment of any public school student or employee during school or related activities, on a school bus, or through a school-run computer system. It would also require every school district to develop an anti-bullying policy.