SANTA FE – A committee of New Mexico lawmakers has approved an anti-bullying bill spurred by the 2013 suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school.
The bill calls for the creation of a five-member board to oversee grant applications to eradicate bullying in New Mexico schools and colleges.
It garnered bi-partisan support Monday in the Senate Rules Committee with a unanimous vote.
A Twitter post by 17-year-old Carlos Vigil of Los Lunas about enduring bullying garnered widespread media attention after he committed suicide.
In his last post on Twitter, he noted, in part, “The kids in school are right, I am a loser, a freak, and a fag and in no way is that acceptable for people to deal with. I’m sorry for not being a person that would make someone proud. I’m free now.”