Eye on Education

Ohio Cyber-Bullying Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

A bill that advocates say would strengthen efforts to prevent online and offline bullying in Ohio schools is now heading to Gov. John Kasich’s desk.

HB 116, the Jessica Logan Act, requires school districts to establish cyber-bullying policies and to annually teach students and teachers and inform parents about their overall bullying policies. It’s named for a Cincinnati teenager who committed suicide after being harassed over nude photos she sent to a former boyfriend.

The Ohio House approved Senate amendments to the original bill on a 91-4 vote. The “no” votes were Representatives John Adams (R-Sidney), Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon).

Cincinnati TV station WLWT reports that Kasich plans to sign HB 116 into law.


  • Candyscratches

    so is this a law now? i dont keep up with politics alot…

    • M_Bloom

      Yes, it’s now law. The anti-bullying provisions of the law actually take effect on Nov. 4, 2012.

  • white dove

    this law is good because it will prevent people from cyber bullying.cyber bullying is just a more cowardly,indirect,and worldwide way to bully someone.they should have made this law a lot sooner.

  • mom in need of help

    i need help, my child has been bullied at school. i have talked to the school but nothing has been done. this past week a note was pasted in the school talking about killing my child. i went to the office and found out the note was given to the mother of the child that wrote it. i called the cops. but i still dont feel like nothing will be done. also i was told to take my child out of the school. why should i have to take my child out of that school, but the child that wrote the letter gets to stay?
    can someone please help me

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