When you think of bullies in the classroom – you may first think….kids against kids.
But, now there is a new law to protect students from teachers.
It all started with a 10 year old who was bullied by his own 5th grade teacher….and went on to push for this law.
Loren Wendelburg from Shawnee is now 15 years old – but when he was 10 – he says he would sit in class and was abused by his own teacher.
Now, today he was at the Capitol next to Governor Sam Brownback to sign a law that goes into effect Monday, July 1st…..that would protect that from happening to other kids.
Loren…along with his mom, Lisa…..were with the governor at the ceremonial signing Friday morning.
Loren says when he was in 5th grade, his teacher would target, belittle and make fun of him.
After an investigation from the state’s social and rehab services – it was affirmed that he was bullied by his teacher.
The problem at the time – was only include kids, not school personnel were included in bullying policies.
This law will change that.
“I really wasn’t doing anything. I was just sitting in my desk, doing my schoolwork and then out of the blue she would just come over and saying I was being disruptive when when I really wasn’t doing anything at all,” Loren said.
“It would have made the difference in the teacher being removed from the classroom so Loren could remain as it stood. He was forced to be removed from the classroom to be kept safe and the teacher remained in the classroom,” Lisa said.
Loren’s mom, Lisa…says the school district chose not to believe Loren’s claims and the family pulled Loren out of that school.
Loren’s family says that teacher still works in that district.
The “Loren’s Law” amendment adds language to the state’s anti-bullying law that will now include school staff members.