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Bill to protect students from being bullied dies

FRANKFORT,KY (WAVE) – A bill to protect students from being bullied by their classmateshas died in the State House Education Committee.

Parentsshowed up Tuesday hoping for stronger legislation against bullying.

TravisCampbell is one of those parents. He said his daughter Miranda was bisexual andshe was bullied about it at school. The freshman in High school took her ownlife back in February, just six weeks ago.

Campbell'sis just one of the many stories that were told. The common theme among parentsis that bullying needs to be a bigger issue, according to them, a more powerfulbill needs to be passed.

Thecurrent law requires schools to have plans in place for dealing with bullies.The proposed law would have outlined specific categories of students to be protectedin Kentucky.

Somelawmakers feared it would give special rights to gay students and said thecurrent laws are enough.  RepresentativeBen Waide said, "Why don't we enforce the laws that we have instead of tryingto create protected classes?"

Campbell wanted to know, "What recourse are we supposed to take, if the administrators refuseto listen to the problem?"

Despite the bill not passing, the parentsthere told WAVE 3 they would not give up.

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