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Published November 29, 2011, 04:21 PM

Minn. governor sets up school bullying task force

Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an executive order creating a task force aimed at preventing school bullying in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an executive order creating a task force aimed at preventing school bullying in Minnesota.

Dayton says bullying causes "severe suffering and harm to children," and children and parents in Minnesota should have confidence that their schools "are free of harm or intimidation."

The task force will be charged with studying current best practices and policies for preventing bullying. The group will be made up of no more than 15 members and will report its findings by Aug. 1, 2012.

Dayton was joined at Tuesday's announcement by Tammy Aaberg, whose 15-year-old son, Justin, killed himself last year after enduring anti-gay bullying.

Last week Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson urged state lawmakers to pass a law demanding more investigation, reporting and discipline around bullying cases.

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