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Deadline Nears In Mass. For Anti-Bullying Plans

Only a handful of school districts in Massachusetts have filed plans to deal with bullying.

Under a law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in May, schools face a Dec. 31 deadline for filing comprehensive bullying prevention and intervention plans.

State education officials tell the Boston Herald that only three or four of the state's 393 school districts have completed the task so far.

The Department of Education was also about two months late in providing schools with advice on providing staff with cost-effective training.

Lawmakers approved the anti-bullying bill in response to several incidents including the death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who took her life in February after allegedly being tormented by several South Hadley High School classmates.

This program aired on November 10, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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