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TOPEKA, KS — School is starting in just a couple weeks, and before kids hit the classroom, they are at the capitol to say what should be added to an anti-bullying law.
This is the second year the Kansas African American Affairs Committee hosted children from across the state at the State House, and while the children were learning about the legislative process, organizers hoped they would take away a much more valuable lesson.
It is a big problem in the nation, and there’s some kids with big ideas who want it to go away.
“I just don’t like bullying. I just wish it could stop,” said Andrew Means.
Andrew Means is in ninth grade, this is his second time to attend Youth Day at the Capitol.
“Last year, I met this kid who was deaf and he told me he used to get bullied a lot because he couldn’t hear and stuff, so they used to make fun of him and that’s another reason why I came back this year,” said Means.
A bill on bullying already passed through the Kansas State House earlier this year, Friday, middle school students created their own version of an anti-bullying bill in their own mock-session.
The Kansas African American Affairs Committee says it is important to include the opinions of these kids, who see it every day.
“The voice of the middle school student – the age group in which bullying is most prevalent – has been included in that dialogue and in that conversation in terms of our legislative action and the bill that currently exists,” said Dr. Mildred Edwards, Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission.
“It would change a lot of things going on in our schools and it would change a lot of kids from getting bullied,” said Means.
But the important thing for Means is to make sure that bullying does not happen on his watch anymore.
“I just I don’t like bullying at all and if its a way for me to stop it by coming here then I will come here and try to help stop it or like in my community and in my schools and stuff,” said Means.
Organizers say what the kids wrote Friday will now be passed on to State Representatives. It is hoped those leaders will add some of their ideas to the law.
Anti-bullying awareness week is the first week of October.