This morning on the weekend edition of "Fox & Friends," the program discussed "Rebecca's Law," a proposed measure that would crack down on student bullying in Florida.
The proposed law is named after Rebecca Sedwick, a Lakeland, Fla. middle-schooler who was bullied online and in person by as many as 15 girls at her school. Sedwick, 12, climbed a silo tower and jumped to her death at a cement factory on Sept. 9, 2013 reported ABC News.
“Rebecca’s Law” would make bullying, a misdemeanor, and aggravated bullying, a third-degree felony. CBS News notes that bullying is defined in the proposed bill as “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly harasses or cyberbullies another person and makes a credible threat to that person.”
According to MediaMatters.org, "Fox & Friends" co-host Anna Kooiman questioned today whether or not there should be an anti-bullying law that would ban "teasing, social exclusion, intimidation" because that type of harassment is "almost a rite of passage sometimes for kids."
"[The proposed law is] apparently the first attempt to try to end bullying like this in schools," said Kooiman (video below).
"It is defined as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress," added Kooiman. "But people are asking, is this going too far because it includes teasing, social exclusion, intimidation, and those are things that are almost a rite of passage sometimes for kids."