KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City, Mo., is one step closer to getting tougher on students who bully others. City council members have preliminarily given the green light to a new anti-bullying law.
"It seems like there has been an increase in this activity nationwide, not just in this area," said Councilman Scott Taylor.
By a vote of four to zero, Taylor and fellow members of the council's Public Safety Committee passed the proposal on to full council.
Taylor said before they moved forward, they heard from supporters of kids who have been abused and an 18-year-old bullying victim.
"She mentioned that she attempted to commit suicide five times because of distresses about being bullied," he said.
The new anti-bullying law would also prohibit cyberbullying
Parents of children who bully would have the option to attend a training session to prevent it or face a fine up to $1,000.
"I think that's great," said Keely Golden. "Anything they can do to keep our kids safer, I think that's a wonderful thing."
According to the American Medical Association, currently more than 3 million young people are victims of "moderate" to "serious" bullying.
Researchers say one in four teens will be bullied sometime during adolescence and about 42 percent have been bullied online.
"We've done this in a responsible way," said Taylor. "There's no additional resources on the school district required."
City Council will have a final vote on the ordinance on Aug. 15. If it passes, it will take effect 10 days later.