- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A plan to help school districts crack down on bullying in Idaho’s public schools is on its way to the governor’s desk.

The Idaho Senate passed the bill 24-10 on Monday.

The bill would require local school district leaders to go through anti-bullying training and create a way for bullying to be reported.

Democratic Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking from Boise, who sponsored the bill, says that bullying can lead to depression and anxiety among students, as well as problems keeping up with classwork.

But Republican Sen. Todd Lakey from Nampa says the bill may have a loophole that would not apply to bullying off school property.

Ward-Engelking says only 22 school districts in Idaho currently have annual anti-bullying training.

The bill now goes to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature.

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