May 13, 2011 5:51 PM by Matt Stafford

School bullying bill being signed today has a local connection

Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the school bullying bill into law Friday.

The proposed law, that has passed the legislature, gives a clear definition of bullying, and forces schools to revisit their plans and policies on how to handle bullies. It also sets up a way to get grant money through the state for anti-bullying programs.

Friday's bill signing shows a long journey for Jess Stohlmann. The Colorado Springs local helped create the bill. Stohlmann says she was bullied, beginning in middle school and lasting for five or six years. She hopes that the new law will help others in a similar spot.

"This bill is like a step in the right direction for healing for me, but it's also almost like I win -- like the bullies don't win now," Stohlmann tells News First 5

We'll hear more about Stohlmann's story, as well as what this new law will do in the classrooms, Friday night on News First 5.



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