MLive: Michigan senator backs bill to require school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies

LANSING — A federal bill co-sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters could require all schools and districts that receive funding from the federal government to pass policies prohibiting bullying and harassment.

Peters, D-Michigan, announced Wednesday that his name is attached to legislation he believes would help end bullying and harassment in schools. The Safe Schools Improvement Act would require districts come up with local anti-bullying policies and report data on bullying and harassment incidents to the U.S. Department of Education.

"No student should ever wake up afraid of going to school in the morning because of fear of being bullied, but unfortunately that is the case for too many students in Michigan and across the country," Peters said in a statement.

According to U.S. Department of Education statistics, one in three students between the ages of 12 and 18 experience bullying.

By:  Kyle Feldscher