O’Connor Ives: “Kindness is not weakness”


State Sen. Katy O’Connor Ives (r) speaks during Amesbury’s “Be a buddy, not a bully” event.

Speaking at Amesbury’s “Be a buddy, not a bully” event , State Senator Katy O’Connor Ives offered a statement that captured everyone’s ear.

“Kindness is not weakness,” she said. “I think that is a constant challenge, because that is the perception.”

She made the remarks during a panel discussion with local school principles, city officials, and other members of the community. The event was organized by Amesbury super-volunteer Rosemary Warner, and sponsored by Amesbury Chevrolet.

“From my perspective as a legislator, we talk about having kindness go viral,” she said. “It’s a great concept. I think a lot of it has to do with changing cultures whether its in schools, or at the municipal level or if it’s in our different social networks. And at Beacon Hill, I’m definitely motivated to change certain cultures that we have.”

The State Senate currently has an anti school bullying bill in committee that mandates the following:

– Statements prohibiting bullying
– Procedures to report bullying anonymously
– Procedure for response and investigation
– Plans to support students vulnerable to bullying
– Professional development
– Reporting standards
– Student surveys

The bill (S 2055) currently stands as a priority for action in the next legislative session.