Two Democrats in the Iowa House hope to push the idea in response to a recent suicide.
At least two Iowa lawmakers are investigating whether they can help the state set up an anti-bullying hot line before the end of this year’s legislative session.
The idea stems in part from the weekend suicide of 14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn Jr. of Primghar, who was bullied after publicly acknowledging he was gay.
“I just think about how isolating it is for kids who are bullied and are scared,” said Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City. “They are afraid to tell their parents a lot of times because they’re afraid that it will get worse.”