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Democratic Michigan Senator Responds To Passage Of Bullying Bill

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Thank you, Senator Whitmer!

Check out the powerful video (above) of democratic Michigan Senator Gretchen Whitmer speaking out against the state's deplorable new bill, which allows bullying, as long as bullies can provide a "religious or moral reason for their actions."

Senator Whitmer said EVERYTHING we've been thinking, and we cannot thank her enough for getting vocal about this horrifying bill.

Something MUST be done about this! It is such a major step back for the state of Michigan AND for the fight against bullying as a whole!

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50 comments to “Democratic Michigan Senator Responds To Passage Of Bullying Bill”



  1. 1

    ..Only in Michigan…and Texas !!



  2. 2

    Toronto needs to send more of their garbage Michigan's way, not less !!



  3. 3

    Wow, she really couldn't have stated that any better. How shameful!



  4. 4

    "(…) which allows bullying, as long as bullies can provide a "religious or moral reason for their actions." Only in America.



  5. 5

    This is disgusting. How great to see that there are still politicians with ethics and morals in the government like Ms. Whitmer. She was very articulate and straight to the point about this disgusting bill that will actually facilitate bullying. Had I been there when she delivered the speech, I would have given this woman a standing ovation. I hope one day she will run for president, because she has really impressed me by standing up to the Republican bullies who wrote this bill!



  6. 6

    strong straight and correct. thank you sen. whitmer



  7. 7

    thanx lady for having the courage the fight against the Satanic Republicans Christians!!!!



  8. 8

    I'd like to see some LBGT students band together to bully religious bigots, then invoke this law to justify their actions, since bigotry can be argued as immoral it would be justified on moral grounds.



  9. 9

    Wow what is up with Michigan? They disband unions and now this crazy bulling bill. I can't understand the republican party. I get that the rich want to keep all their money but the poor and middle class republicans need to switch parties.



  10. 10

    I couldn't watch all of it. can't STAND her accent.



  11. 11

    Re: sophieritchie – Well I bet everyone you've ever come across can't stand you, PERIOD!



  12. 12

    So, Senator Gretchen Whitmer,
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    Glad you had time to take time from all that job creatin', for your Detroiters, and the rest of the poor shlubs that hired you as their Senator, so you can continue yakking about nothin.
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    Oh wait, you hadn't done jack shit for the people that hire you, but enrich your own pockets. Michiganders deserve you. You've done such as awesome job for them.



  13. 13

    What next? Legalizing killing someone, child abuse as long as there is a religious or moral reason? How can bullying someone ever be right? The point is to stop all forms of bullying not find a loophole so that bullies can get away with it while the victims continue to suffer. Michigan is so caught up their ass in maintaining rights for everyone, they forget to think ethically of the reasons why bullying should never be condoned. Stupid ass state politicians who passed the bill…it's sick to see so many agree to pass the bill instead of throwing it in the garbage where it belongs. They probably are bullies themselves or have children who are bullies. Damn, if the state of Virginia is ever stupid enough to even think of passing this bill, i might just as well pack my bags and move to Michigan.



  14. 14

    Re: luvs2hustle – What does that have to do with the fact that what she stated in this video makes total sense?

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    Having a third party would force the other two parties to behave.



  16. 16

    Thank you Senator Whitmer! She clearly pointed out the facts on why this bill is wrong. It doesn't help anyone except bullies.

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    Moving and sincere commentary.



  18. 18

    maybe the those who are getting bulled should shoot who ever bullying them, maybe that would wake them up…..Dont kill yourslef, kill the bully…..



  19. 19

    lmao waste of time. It amazes me how brain dead americans have yet to wake up..People are focused on silly irrelevant issues like this, its being reported on..Meanwhile there is a bill that basically strips away all of our rights online being voted on right as we speak..Lets not forget the wars, the economy,etc..People have yet to wake up and realize these idiots are being brought up solely to blind and distract people from the much bigger AND more important issues. Bullying has been happening since mankind existed..Our government wasting time on idiotic shit like this is exactly why we are in the shape we are in



  20. 20

    Re: NookiesWA – You are such a waste of space. How many innocent kids have taken their lives due to bullying? You think that's not an issue? Really? Oh how I wish it were legal to beat the sh*t out of you on a daily basis just so you knew what bullying feels like so you never dare utter such stupidity out of your horrid mouth again you rotten, attention hungry, dull, piece of sh*t.



  21. 21

    Re: luvs2hustle – What? do you even live in Michigan? The freaking Republican governor is the one blocking job creation and stripping the middle class of their rights. He's holding up government money for badly needed road repairs so that the voters are forced to approve his bridge project which will be constructed by companies he's invested in and financed by the people.

    All Mrs Witmer did was exactly what her job requires. She spoke up for what the majority of her constituents want in regard to the educational system which republicans have been attacking in our state for the past ten years; as a Michigander I couldn't be prouder.



  22. 22

    Lets put a cheery face on this. Will create jobs for undertakers.



  23. 23

    I'm sure Hitler felt he had a moral and religious reason for the Holocaust….

    @NookiesWA: Since when did the protection of our most vulnerable citizens and their civil rights become "idiotic shit"? Perhaps you should attend a history class and remember that those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it! Our country is becoming more and more of a militaristic state and the first visible signs begin with the laws and lawmakers sanctioning the erosion of rights for the most vulnerable and minority population in society. You talk about privacy issues on the Internet and yes, privacy issues are important but I hope you can see that BOTH of these issues are just a symptom of the same problem. Instead of laughing your ass off, perhaps you should be asking yourself, will they be passing a law that allows people to persecute you next? If you're not sure, do something positive instead of hiking yourself up on your self-imposed superior soapbox and laughing at those who paid attention during history and truly understand why this is so scary!



  24. 24

    When the bullied kids take matters into their own hands with weapons and start fighting back killing the bullys there will be blood on the hands of the people who wrote and passed this bill.



  25. 25

    Re: rickraton – The only cheery faces there will be will be when someone finds you dead in a ditch!



  26. 26

    Re: LE BAMBI LOU BOP SHE BOP – Lets use statistics shall we? 6 people out of every 100,000 people in the 15-19 age bracket commit suicide thats .006% of that 100k. Now I don't know what the population is in that age bracket but lets just say LESS THAN 1% of the population of kids decide to kill themselves (which is the parents fault..) typically something that small is just a statistically insignificant number of people. The average person is way too stupid to understand how small .006% is. It's irrelevant. We're wasting our time trying to prevent LESS THAN 1% of the population..But you know it happens a small percentage of people easily screw over the 99% (im not talking about the idiotic wall street crap)..A small percentage of idiots used powerful fireworks in a manner that was unsafe, blew their hands off so the government was like "oh hey this 1% of people hurt themselves with fireworks..LETS BAN GOOD FIREWORKS NOW because they are unsafe, they hurt 1% of the people..Get what im saying?



  27. 27

    Re: NookiesWA - "Know what I'm saying?" No honey, we don't know what you're saying because instead of researching and legitimizing the facts, you're pulling things out of your ass. The fact is that kids are killing themselves over bullying (fyi your part of the problem whether you acknowledge it or not) and someone needs to step in and say that it's not ok and it will stop now.



  28. 28

    mario, i thought you would like this bill, considering you like to bully people who don't agree with you



  29. 29

    So as a Buddhist i can bully someone relentlessly for killing an ant on the playground?? See how this couldn't work?? Stoooopid.



  30. 30

    Re: noonehascommonsense – "The fact is that kids are killing themselves over bullying" A statistical INSIGNIFICANT number. What 100 kids a year decide they are pansies and kill themselves out of how many kids out there in this nation good! It's one less weak minded twat leeching off of this planet. ..Again not even 1%. It's insignificant. You seem to be unaware of the very basics of parenting. Tell a kid not to do something, they are going to do the complete opposite. Mainstreaming bullying and plastering it all over the news, having celebrities comment on it..just does more harm than good. Giving a bully attention..Yes thats clearly working lmfao.



  31. 31

    So…If a militantb Islamist student, should decide to say…beat the crap out of a female student whose scantily dressed or a Muslim girl who chooses to have a romance with a Christian boy,Is he " covered by this law??? or is it just for Rightwing students who may hate anything from homosexuality, to interacial marriage, to…who knows a black or Asian prom queen…Stupidity at it's finest.



  32. 32

    Re: NookiesWA - How can you say that the loss of human life is insignificant? Maybe Im not a parent but I know that when you put enough pressure on a person they will stop whatever it is they are doing.

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    Re: NookiesWA – Kids that are decidedly NOT pansies are still targeted by mob groups under some little evil snot's cruel direction; and this type of behavior must be cut off at the knees. Kids look to adults for direction and protection, and they are being failed miserably here.



  34. 34

    Re: NookiesWA – you clearly just want attention right now.



  35. 35

    these are such powerful words.



  36. 36

    Re: NookiesWA – At first you brought up another serious topic of concern but now you are just coming across insensitive, at best, or at the other end of the spectrum, like an idiot. Comparing this to the statistics of drunk idiots who play with fireworks on July 4th is beneath everyone's intelligence here, including yours. Let's stay on topic shall we and we'll discuss fireworks at another time. The passing of this law is a warning sign of where lawmakers are, essentially, sanctioning the erosion of rights - which was your point in the first place. Insignificant statistics? Are you kidding me? There are some issues such as children feeling so helpless because society has failed to protect them from brutality that they see no other way out but to kill themselves where numbers & statistics shouldn't come into play. The reason is because we, as a civilized society should hold ourselves to a higher standard. It is up to society to keep lawmakers in check when our ideals and principles are under attack. Good for Senator Whitmer who recognizes the significance of the law that passed in Michigan and shame on you for not.



  37. 37

    Re: noonehascommonsense – No. ROFL. You tell a kid to do something, they are going to turn around and do the opposite. Having celebrities speak out on bullying and having it rammed down peoples throat is not putting pressure a bully that probably doesn't even view this crap. LOL. It's doing nothing except annoy people. Wanna know what puts pressure on a bully? Growing a pair of balls and pressuring his nose with your first. Stop trying to castrate boys by a bunch of stupid laws..Yes! Lets make a subjecting thing thats been happening since the beginning of mankind thats in our nature(bullying) illegal..Lets go ahead and give 11 year old kids criminal records for just being a boy..That will teach them a thing or two! Can we give bully victims jail sentences too? It should be illegal to be that much of a bitch..Just saying.



  38. 38

    Re: misslorilou – "Comparing this to the statistics of drunk idiots who play with fireworks on July 4th is beneath everyone's intelligence here"

    You would be surprised :P that said that was just an example..One that is pretty accurate. A few kids kill themselves and we have the government wasting time on idiotic shit like this. As well as having it rammed down my throat. Boys will be boys. Politicians should not be going out of their way to satisfy such a small insignificant number of people. 0.0025% of people decide they want to take their lives and now its on every news station and website that I read…COOL..As I said, people are too stupid to realize just how insignificant those numbers are.



  39. 39

    Re: iloveaguilera – Shut up retard.



  40. 40

    Re: NookiesWA – To NookiesWA: I think you bring up a lot of very valid points. I hear you when you spout statistics about suicides & how there are other issues involved. I really hear you when you talk about the (corporate owned) media yapping about BS while the real issues are ignored. I'm even on board with your "survival of the fittest" mentality. I do, however, have one issue………..At least the bullying topic is one that is debated out of compassion. There are many more things clogging the news. Kim Kardashian, Justin Beiber, Real Housewives, Bachelors & Bachelorettes, etc etc…. Perhaps you should re-direct your intelligent rage toward more deserving outlets. I mean, you like statistics, right? What percentage of the news are all of those things (and others) compared to bullying?



  41. 41

    Reps pass the dumbest bill ever. There is NO excuse for bullying, not even religious or moral. What a bunch of dumbasses! Michigan has already turned into a dump of a state in the last 50 years. This just gives people more reason to leave: your children aren't safe!



  42. 42

    Re: NookiesWA
    I think the only person who should shut up is you. As I can see that you like statistics here are some fore you:
    1 in ever 33 kids suffers depression (3%)/1 in every 8 teens suffers depression (12.5%) /2 in ever 100 kids suffers from an eating disorder (2%)
    In your statistics you only account for the suicides that are successful and not for the attempted suicides (although it should be noted that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 and the third leading cause of death for teenagers 15-19)
    Every year 2 to 6% of children try to kill themselves and fail
    Many of these serious problems faced by kids and teens are a direct result of bullying. Since you seem to have an IQ pertaining to the lower spectrum I will give you an example:
    Girl is called fat every day at school, no one will be her friend because she is fat and people are constantly being mean to her. Girl develops depression and eating disorder. Bully gets away with it proclaiming that he/she is only looking out for the girl's physical health, obesity is a serious problem in the United States after all. Bully wins, girl is scarred for life.



  43. 43

    Re: NookiesWA
    Since you give importance to things based on statistics then I suppose these other things according to you are a waste of time and money:

    About 1 million people in the US live with AIDS (out of 312,562,973) that is a whooping .3% - and about 36.1 million people live with AIDS IN THE WORLD (out of 6,973,181,491) that is an astounding .5%

    11,958,000 people in the US suffer from cancer…if you know mathematics that is 3.8% of the population

    SO if we fallow your philosophy of life, then we should not worry about finding a cure for AIDS or cancer or helping these sick people - please, look at those statistics, lets worry about our privacy on the internet not about finding a cure

    Lets worry about the healthy people, the people who can defend themselves, the people whose biggest worry is a privacy issue and lets leave aside these petty things, survival of the fittest…



  44. 44

    Bravo Senator Gretchen Whitmer!
    Shame on you Michigan!



  45. 45

    Re: NookiesWA – No you apparently have not been around kids in a long time because not only do some kids not bully other kids, they stand up to bullies. You would be amazed by what kids can do when pressure is put on them. Also, if you met a mother or father of a kid who just committed suicide due to bullying would you tell them that their child's life is insignificant? I didn't think so.



  46. 46

    Republicans are fucking assholes. Really. Let's create laws to allow more people to carry more guns to more places than ever before so that more people can be senselessly killed. Let's pass a law to make bullying legal. God bless America. My ass.



  47. 47

    Re: prettyreckless88 – Again, I make an example..people misinterpret it and then try to argue it..LMAO. All im saying is, it isn't happening enough for it to be shoved down my throat. I hear about a minority (LGBT) on a daily bases on every site I go to..When did we start giving a damn about those people? My closing statement on this bullying crap is..I don't care. If a kid does not stand up to a bully and fight back then I have no pity or remorse for him when he decides he wants to kill himself. Sorry, but being a bullying victim means you are WEAK and a pushover. You can sugar coat it and conform to the ever declining castrated society all you want on that subject. But in the end its just weakness. If you commit suicide, that also means you are a weak minded person and couldn't tolerate it and decided to take the easy way out. Again, thats the truth. You can sugar coat it if you'd like..Which is probably why things are going the way they are for kids..sugar coating everything. You can raise your child up to expect that his feelings will never be hurt. You can also tell him turn the other cheek and ignore the bullying which will just end up causing him to be a pushover in life. You can do that, and ill raise my kid with the expression "If someone hits you, you better hit them back but even harder" and we'll see who's kid comes home depressed from getting bullied.



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    Re: noonehascommonsense – No but I would blame them :P A mother carries a child for 9 months and then spends hours popping them out..Which is funny because women act as if they should be praised for it..and then they spend the majority of the time with their children. If they cannot recognize that something is wrong with their kid then thats a failure of a parent. It's not hard to read people..it most definitely is not hard to tell rather your own damn KID has something going on. It's the same with all of those school shootings, literally every single time its happened you have a half a dozen people come out and say "blah blah we saw the signs blah blah" ..but they ignored it.



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    Re: Avadahdee – WTF does gun laws have anything to do with this..I do believe I despise anti gun hippies more than a feminist.(ironically MOST of them not only do not know a single thing about a firearm but they also don't know the laws about them)

    There's a gun store in every city, millions of people own guns anyone over 21 can buy a handgun so out of all the people in this nation a school shooting or some massacre happens once or twice a decade. ppfftt off with that shit.



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    Re: NookiesWA – If you wouldn't say it to someone's face why the hell would you say it all over this site? Doesn't that make you weak-minded? I'm sure that if a kid said that you were the reason behind their death in a suicide note you would either deny it 100% or laugh your ass off.

    Teaching kids to fight back, while it might sound like a good idea, will eventually back fire and make kids more violent and aggressive. You talk about school shootings. Ok, Lets talk about school shootings. What's the number one reason they happen? Bully victims are getting revenge against the bullies. They are doing it because when they report the bullying to adults they ignore it and tell them to fight back. They listen and they fight back with guns and other weapons which causes more deaths then if people had intervened originally and stopped the bullying. I would much rather stop a thousand bullying incidents than ignore one and have a school shooting.