Senate approves anti-bullying

The state Senate unanimously backed legislation to crack down on a scourge of so-called cyber-bullying in schools and set up a commission to study making such student-on-student harassment a crime.

On the heels of two brutal bullying-related suicides - that of South Hadley High School freshman Phoebe Prince and 11-year-old Springfield student Carl J. Walker Jr. - the bill would ban bullying at schools as well as the use of e-mails, text messages and Web site postings that can make for a "hostile” school environment.