Texas legislators will consider proposals to better define bullying in schools as students face being targeted on campus and online.
Lawmakers have until March 11 to file bills.
Current Texas law says schools must prohibit bullying in their student code of conduct. Critics say more needs to be done.
Chuck Smith with Equality Texas, which focuses on gay, lesbian and transgender issues, says his group is pursuing anti-bullying measures as a child welfare issue.
Two bills would require districts to report annually how many bullying incidents they faced, including how many were based on race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.