Sarcamento, October 5: A new law passed in California promises to provide a safer school environment for children from the minority communities. The law aims to end bullying of minority children at schools in U.S. The bill was passed unanimously in California assembly 79 to 0 and passed 34 to 3 in the California Senate.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2845 also known as the “Safe Place to Learn Act,” seeks to address bullying of South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh-American students as well as those mistaken to belong to those groups. This decision came after growing incidents of bullying and discrimination against Sikh-American, South Asian and Muslim students in the US were reported.“This is a landmark bill for California that will curb bullying and discrimination in the classroom,” said Harjit Kaur, Community Development Manager for the Sikh Coalition.
“(This bill) is very important to Muslim and Sikh children because both of our communities have seen a huge rise in the bullying of Muslim and perceived to be Muslim students,” Saad Sweilem, civil rights attorney at CAIR-Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV), said.
As per the new law teachers, staff and administrators are authorized to prevent, identify and remedy bullying and discrimination in class or schools. This was one of the major concerns of the minority communities in U.S. and with the bill being passed the situation will hopefully be handled appropriately.