California legislators passed an anti-bullying law on Friday in honor of Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old who committed suicide last year because he was bullied for being gay.
Seth’s Law will require public schools to create policies to address bullying, including stating explicitly that discrimination based on sexual orientation is not allowed. The law is, of course, named after Seth. It’s been approved by the state’s Senate and Assembly and now heads to the governor to be signed.
From the Advocate:
Wendy Walsh, Seth’s mother, testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of the bill.
“I can’t bring my son back,” she told lawmakers. “But the California legislature can make a difference today to protect young people across our state just like Seth who are or are thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Schools need to take harassment and bullying seriously when parents or students tell them about it, and when they see it and hear it on the school campus.”
She couldn’t have said it better. This is for you, Seth.