Should overweight kids be protected under anti-bullying legislation?

Should overweight children be a protected class?  “Saying overweight kids bear the brunt of bullying and harassment at school, an advocacy group wants additional wording included in proposed congressional legislation designed to fight the problem. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is asking lawmakers behind the Safe Schools Improvement Act not to stop at listing race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality and other characteristics that could make a child a target of bullying. The group also wants to discourage the targeting of children who are heavier or shorter than their peers. “One in six children are being bullied,” association board member Jason Docherty said. “Eighty-five percent of those bullying cases are children of size or with visible handicaps. So a federal law that does not protect those children is a federal law without teeth.”* So what do you think. Should overweight kids be a protected class?

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  • sahmjs  On August 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I do not think obese children should be bullied but I think it is sad that we need legislation to protect them. I know some bullying will go on regardless but what about parents teaching their children not to bully, and teachers stepping in to protect kids? What happened to teaching our kids morals and manners so they know how to treat each other?

  • Joe Federer  On August 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm


  • Elogam  On August 10, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Recently scientists said that by making our playgrounds “safer”, we took away valuable learning opportunities for our children to take on challenges, do something that scares them, risk injury, and otherwise become functioning adults who can face disastrous situations. While I do not favor bullying of any type, I also do not favor “anti-bullying” legislation to “protect” our children. In America you do not have a right to have your self-esteem artificially protected from ever being challenged. It is the constant challenging of a child’s self-esteem that strengthens it. no, teach our children not to bully, but do not legislate that. It’s stupid.

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