RICHMOND — Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law an anti-bullying awareness bill championed by Madison Middle School students in a Monday ceremony at the school.
“You are a big reason why this bill was passed,” Beshear told the students, faculty and staff gathered in the school’s auditorium.
Sponsored by local legislators Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, and Rep. Rita Smart, D-Richmond, Senate Bill 20 was passed by the General Assembly earlier this month.
It establishes October as Anti-Bullying Month in Kentucky, and the official ribbon of anti-bullying awareness as purple and yellow. The purple symbolizes domestic violence awareness, and the yellow is in memory of victimes who have taken their lives as a result of bullying.
Beshear said the ribbon “will be a hard reminder that bullying is a violent act.”
Purple and yellow also are Madison Middle’s colors.
The bill was initially proposed during the 2013 General Assembly, but it didn’t pass the Senate. This time, Madison Middle students once again petitioned, made phone calls and testified in their efforts to get the bill turned into law.
Beshear said the children’s lobbying for the bill’s passage shows that hard work and persistence does pay off.
“There’s a lot of us in Frankfort that can learn a lot from you guys,” Beshear said.