Beshear Appoints Anti-Bullying Task Force

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed a 22-person committee to study bullying and how to stop it.

The committee members include 11-year-old Morgan Guess of Paducah, who was diagnosed with clinical depression after being bullied as an 8-year-old. The experience prompted Guess and her mother, Susan, to start the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation.

The Kentucky legislature passed anti-bullying legislation in 2008 that made it a crime to bully someone online and required school districts to have anti-bullying policies.

But Beshear said he appointed the task force because bullying is still a problem in Kentucky schools. The Kentucky Department of Education reported 15,520 incidents of bullying during the 2013 school year, or one incident every four minutes of the school day.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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