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A new anti-bullying law in Michigan, initially proposed to protect those bullied by other mercilessly, has gain wide criticism for those it does protect. Senate Bill 137 attempts to perform a balancing act between protecting the victims and protecting other students and school officials from what they may do or not do, but many are saying the measure does more to protect the would-be bullies.

According to reports, “Matt’s Safe School Law” a bill named after Matt Epling, a Michigan student who committed suicide after prolonged bullying, was passed the state Senate on Wednesday and now is headed to the lower house.

Included in the anti-bullying measure is language to protect those students, teachers and other school employees whose “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction justifies their action.”

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