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Clay County’s school district has launched a Bullying Hotline.

State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando argues a new anti-bullying scholarship fails to protect LGBTQ victims.

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From third to fifth grade, Alyson Hochstedler says bullies slammed her son into lockers and punched him. One threatened to stab him. The public school's administration did little to stop his tormentors, she says, so the mother of five transferred her son to a private school, using a state grant for low- and middle-income families to pay his tuition.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Rep. Byron Donalds have unveiled their plan to challenge violence and abuse in schools.

The average age when people are coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is falling. 

But a climate of growing acceptance doesn't necessarily translate to the current generation of teens wanting to express their sexual orientation or gender identity at school. To some, it's a place that still feels unsafe.

The Sigma Chi fraternity at Florida State University is in trouble after campus police discovered that pledges were forced to drink alcohol to the point that they became ill.

Four members have been arrested on misdemeanor charges of hazing that “jeopardized the health and safety of the pledges,” according to Tallahassee.com.

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Two Winter Haven girls, one 12 and the other 14, have been arrested in connection with the suicide death of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, also 12, on Sept. 10. The middle-schooler leapt to her death from a silo at an abandoned factory after the other girls allegedly persisted in urging her to kill herself.

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The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the role of cyberbulling in the suicide of a 12-year-old girl, the Lakeland Ledger reports.