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MN Rep Says Being Beaten by His Bus Driver Prevented Him from Bullying. Ergo Anti-Bullying Bill Was Unnecessary

During a debate on Minnesota's anti-bullying bill, Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glenco) suggests repealing laws that prevent corporal punishment in schools. When he was a kid, he bullied a girl on a bus. The bus driver then beat him for doing so. Gruenhagen says that solved the bullying problem. He offers another story about a fellow teacher that he says shows preventing teachers from beating children causes more problems because the anger becomes pent up and the teachers eventually punch out the student. Despite Gruenhagen's objections, the anti-bullying bill was approved in the House after 12 hours of debate. Governor Mark Dayton will sign it today.

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