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Rally held against bullying at Capitol

ST. PAUL -- Hundreds of people rallied Monday in favor of a bill to require tougher anti-bullying policies in Minnesota schools.

Many of those in the state Capitol rotunda also joined in pro-gay marriage rallies last year.

The bill would define bullying and require each school district to develop an anti-bullying policy.

School officials say they already have such policies and a new law is not needed. Conservatives fear that students could be affected if they express religious views.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.