Rose, Joined by Staten Island Advocates, Introduces Bipartisan Anti-Bullying Legislation
Congressman, Maureen Fitzpatrick, urge Congress to pass Danny’s Law to help combat bullying in schools
Staten Island, July 13, 2019
Congressman Max Rose was joined today by Maureen Fitzpatrick, a Staten Island advocate who lost her son as a result of bullying, at a press conference announcing the introduction of Danny’s Law, bipartisan legislation to address bullying in schools. Rose introduced the bipartisan legislation with Representatives Peter King (R-N.Y.), Haley Stevens (D-Mich.), and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).
“We lost Danny as a result of bullying, which tragically, is a story we hear far too often in our community and across the country,” Congressman Rose said. “I’m in awe of the strength and courage of his family to turn this tragedy into a movement that is saving lives in Danny’s honor. One out of every five kids are bullied and almost half of the students in our own borough report that students harass, bully, or intimidate other students in their own schools. That’s why I’m proud to announce that this week I introduced Danny’s Law, because this isn’t about politics or partisanship, it’s about being there for our kids—and I urge Congress to swiftly pass this.”
“I look forward to changing lives and saving lives with Danny’s Law,” Fitzpatrick said. “I believe this is the start of improvement and I have full confidence that we’ll get this passed, but like anything else, it will take hard work. Bullying is learned and taught behavior, and it is my hope that this will help lead us towards establishing an emotional literacy program that teaches positive behavior and help be a deterrent to bullying. I thank Congressman Rose and all those who are helping support this effort.”
In August 2016, 13-year-old Daniel Fitzpatrick took his own life as a direct result of bullying at school. His family became outspoken anti-bullying advocates and established the foundation Danny's Angel Network Nurturing Youth (D.A.N.N.Y.) Inc., which seeks to raise awareness and end bullying in schools.
Danny’s Law, H.R. 3659, was introduced by Rose earlier this week. The bipartisan legislation would direct the President to establish an “Anti-Bullying Roundtable,” a commission tasked with studying bullying in elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The Roundtable is to consult with State and local educational agencies regarding policies on bullying, stakeholder education, and instances of student violence and self-harm as a result of bullying. In the previous Congress, similar legislation was introduced by former-Congressman Dan Donovan.
“The impact of bullying is too severe to ignore,” Congressman King said. “We should do all that we can to ensure that parents and teachers have all the necessary tools to face this difficult situation.”
“We need to take bullying, and the impact it can have on our students, very seriously,” Congresswoman Stevens said. “Danny’s Law is an important step forward to address bullying in our schools, so every student can grow and learn in a safe and welcoming environment.”
“We care about ensuring our kids grow up with high self-esteem, and it is not fair for any kid to be singled out, intimidated, bullied and harassed,” Congressman Reed said. “We are proud to work together to end this age-old problem that has spread to so many new forms with the growth of technology in our day to day lives.”
The Roundtable will produce both a best practices report and a final report:
The Roundtable is to be composed of 13 members, including one chairperson, appointed by the President for the duration of the Roundtable. The members, who would serve without pay, are to be stakeholders, such as teachers, parents of school children, and guidance counselors.