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New Anti-School Bullying Law (2012)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-06-01

Duration: 00:05:00

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2012 | Education | Bullying | Suicide


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Editor
  • Pauley, Len Interviewee
  • Ward, Rick Interviewee


This segment from the June 1, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on the passage of the Tesa Middlebrook Anti-Bullying Act at the 2012 Legislative Session, which prohibits school bullying. Lincoln reports that the law was inspired by the suicides of three Louisiana teenagers, Hannah Pauley, Danielle Cox, and Tesa Middlebrook, who were allegedly bullied at school. Lincoln interviews Len Pauley, the father of Hannah Pauley, who discusses the bullying she experienced at school. She also interviews State Senator Rick Ward, the sponsor of the bill. Host: Shauna Sanford