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Copyright (c) 2004 Georgia State University
Georgia State University Law Review


Fall, 2004

21 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 90


Rachel E. Conrad



In 1999, following the tragic events at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and the violent death of a Georgia student at the hands of bullies. Georgia introduced its first anti-bullying legislation. 1 Then on August 14, 2003, a bullying victim accidentally shot 14-year-old Bianca Walton of Columbus, Georgia, as she walked her younger sister home from school. 2 The middle school student who shot Bianca carried a gun to protect himself from bullies. 3 The incident had enormous consequences because were it not for the shooting "two children [would] be in school today. One is in the cemetery and the other is in the Department of Juvenile Justice." 4 Following the shooting, the community held several town hall meetings where parents discussed what schools could do to prevent similar incidents from occurring again. 5 Unaware of the existing anti-bullying legislation created in 1999, parents in Columbus asked their representatives to examine current legislation more closely because, in their opinion, school officials were not doing enough to combat bullying. 6

Since Bianca Walton's death, bullying has continued in Georgia schools. 7 In March 2004, "a bully stood outside a fence at Gwinnett County's Shiloh Middle School and threatened to pistol-whip a student." 8 In November 2004, school officials suspended a Lilburn Middle School student for threatening another student on the bus with a box-cutter knife. 9
Bill Tracking of HB 1125

Consideration by the House

Representatives Carolyn Hugley, Victor Hill, Darryl Jordan, Debbie Buckner, and ...
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