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Bullying bill for Mass. public housing

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

ATTLEBORO, MA- A new Massachusetts anti–bullying bill is aimed at ending harassment in public housing buildings. Attleboro residents, backing the bill claim they've been bullied.

James Goodwin has walked the halls of Gardner Terrace for over 12 years. He's fed up with bullying at his Attleboro public housing building for the elderly and disabled.

Goodwin said, "Us dis–handicapped people have to stand up for our rights and I believe we're being treated wrong. Our management is not protecting us."

Some residents claim yelling, name–calling, even pushing have made them fearful.

Joanne Troyano has M–S and difficulty walking. She claims she's been pushed by another tenant, and called hurtful names.

"I don't want to hear it so I don't even turn around. I just keep walking really fast," said Troyano.

The anti–bullying bill written by Jerry Halberstadt and sponsored by democratic senator, Joan Lovely; holds management accountable for having trained staff that will implement a bullying policy.

"I can't go on much more like this. It's getting so bad in here, that I applied for another housing," said Goodwin.

This bill will protect residents across Massachusetts so they won't have to live in fear and humiliation.

The bill will be presented Tuesday at 10:30 to the joint committee on housing. Residents will be able to give their testimonies.

 

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