PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of teenagers, educators, advocates and lawmakers took a stand against bullying Saturday.
Friday was the National Day of Silence, when teens across the country took an oath of silence to honor their fellow students who are bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The next day, they broke that silence with an anti-bullying rally in Monument Square.
A bill currently before the legislature would make bullying in schools illegal.
"My bill puts a prohibition in place to make it against the law, which it didn't before, and it makes it clear what the best practices should be for our schools, and puts another layer of protection for our students," Representative Terry Morrison said. "Our students deserve to be in a safe, nurturing environment and don't deserve to be in an environment full of hate and fear."
The education committee took up the bill at the end of March. It recommended that the bill be passed. The House of Representatives will likely take up the bill in the next few weeks.