New bullying law goes into effect after City Council overrides mayor's veto

A new bullying law is now in effect after the City Council voted to override the mayor's veto.

The Dignity for All Students Act requires the Department of Education to establish policies and guidelines prohibiting harassment and bullying in Bronx and city schools. School personnel must also undergo training to enforce the new law. The DOE will be required to create a new system to track and report incidents.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education told News 12 The Bronx the department supports the goals of the City Council. The spokesperson went on to say the department already has initiated changes to the disciplinary code and has implemented a system that tracks all occurrences at schools.

Bronx Councilwoman Helen Foster says she sponsored the legislation to prevent kids from being picked on because they're different.

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