Student's suicide leads school officials to revisit bullying policies and rekindles debate in Frankfort

12/08/2011 11:21 AM

The suicide of a bright, 13-year-old eighth grader that shook a Kenton County middle school this fall has re-opened the debate over how best to prevent and police bullying in the 21st century.

After Sam Denham’s death, his peers came forward and said he had been bullied.

That has prompted administrators, teachers and parents in the Kenton County School District to re-evaluate its policies to try to prevent such tragedies from happening again.

Some also are looking to Frankfort to see if lawmakers will take up the issue.

The legislature passed an anti-bullying bill in 2008. Democratic Rep. Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville said she wants additional protections added to that law that would protect students from being bullied because of their sexual orientation.

But not everyone — including those who have been touched by the effects of bullying — agrees that legislation is necessary. Here’s part two of the report:

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