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Ky. Governor Steve Beshear unveils anti-bullying proposals

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As he outlined his recommendations from a special task force at the State Capitol, Gov. Steve Beshear called it a moral obligation to do something about bullying among young people. As he outlined his recommendations from a special task force at the State Capitol, Gov. Steve Beshear called it a moral obligation to do something about bullying among young people.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's time for serious action. Those were the strong words from Kentucky's governor as he revealed a new plan to prevent youth bullying.

As he outlined his recommendations at the State Capitol, Gov. Steve Beshear called it a moral obligation to do something about bullying among young people.

For Melanie Carter Hack of Bardstown, the issue is personal. She wears the reason around her neck.

It's a picture of her daughter Reagan who committed suicide last December at age 12. She had been bullied on-line and in school.

“So, after losing Reagan we want to do whatever we can to help prevent that from happening to another child,” she told WDRB News.

Hack watched with special interest as the governor unveiled his proposals to deal with the problem.

“It's time for action; serious action,” Beshear told those who had gathered for the announcement.

The recommendations were created by a task force Beshear appointed a year ago following more than 15,000 reported incidents of bullying.

The proposals include adopting a statewide definition of bullying.

“It does begin to allow folks to get one the same page as we're implementing programs,” say Audrey Tayse Haynes, Secretary of Health and Family Services.

The other recommendations; adopting standards to promote a positive climate in schools, investing in school behavioral health counselors, and creating a statewide office to coordinate anti-bullying efforts.

Still unanswered is the cost to the state budget.

“This is not expensive considering how do you put a price on the anguish that kids are feeling,” said Haynes.

Hack calls the recommendations a great start.

“At least people are bringing awareness to it and talking about it. As a parent, I'm always going to wish that it was more,” she said.

Now comes the tricky part, making sure the recommendations don't fall through the cracks as new governor takes office in December.

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