when boys threw rocks at her head and injured her while several girls stood by and just laughed.
Bowles worked against bullying and asked Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) to put together a bill, AB 1156, to combat bullying and keep kids safe.
Her work paid off when Governor Jerry Brown signed the California State PTA sponsored bill on Monday.
Bullying leads students toward depression, think about or attempt suicide, create difficulty learning and often contributes to poor attendance, according to the California State PTA.
The bill requires that school employees learn bully prevention and gives bullying victims priority to transfer out of a school, according to the California State PTA.
AB 9, which is also known as Seth's Law, requires schools to address and act on bullying, according to LAist. Principal author Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D - San Francisco) led the bill, which requires schools to address and act on bullying. The measure is dedicated to late Seth Walsh, one of the many students who committed suicide due to bullying.
"In signing this legislation sponsored by the PTA, the Governor lays the groundwork for making our schools safer for students and teachers," California State PTA President Carol Kocivar said in a news release.
Nearly one million members of the PTA wrote letters and took action to support AB 1156, Kocivar said.
"This is a real achievement for all the children and families of California," Kocivar said.