Supporters Celebrate New Anti-Bullying Law In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Supporters of  California’s new anti-bullying law law gathered in San Francisco Monday for a bittersweet celebration following last week’s signing by Governor Jerry Brown.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Seth’s Law is named after 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who hanged himself to escape the abuse of bullies at his school in Tehachapi. Ammiano was one of those who came to the state building in San Francisco to say the law will make a difference for other young people, whether gay or straight.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“We’re going to give kids hope, but we’re going to give them more than that,” he said. “We’re going to give them codified policies that schools have to follow.”

Seth’s mother Wendy Walsh said she hopes Seth’s Law will be a powerful legacy.

“I’m very honored there’s a law named after Seth now,” she said. “School districts are giong to be held accountable.”

The law goes into effect in July. Meanwhile Wendy Walsh has sued the school district claiming it ignored the constant harassment of her son. That suit is still making its way through the courts.

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