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Bo Sullivan first began his long career at WHYN radio in 1990 as a sports talk show producer. Bo then moved on to become the host of that sports talk show. In 1993, Bo became the sports anchor and co-host for the WHYN morning show. After a few hiatuses, both planned and unplanned, Bo came back to stay in 1996 as the morning show sports anchor, producer, and co-host.
Born and raised in Westfield, he's now raising his own family there. He lives with his wife Kris and daughters Leighanne and Shannon. When Bo was growing up, his father Richard Sullivan was superintendent of schools in two local communities. Politics runs in the family. Brother Brian is a Westfield city councilor and brother Rick is the city's seven term mayor. Besides transporting his children to various activities including CCD and swimming lessons, he coaches both daughters in three different sports. He also works as a part-time political consultant. In his scarce spare time, Bo likes to golf and is a frequent visitor to the Connecticut casinos.
What does Bo like most about his position at WHYN? For one, he's a big fan of waking at 3:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. He also enjoys meeting the many loyal listeners to the show. His lifelong ambition is to open a sports bar and play Texas Hold 'em every day of his life.
BOSTON (State House News Service) - All Massachusetts state employees would be mandated to report acts of abuse they witness, under a bill reviewed by lawmakers Tuesday and offered in the wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
Rep. Kevin Kuros, a Penn State University graduate, said he was motivated to file legislation late last year after news broke about longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky ’s sexual assault crimes against children that were witnessed on a few occasions by other school employees. Sandusky was indicted in 2011 on 52 counts of child molestation dating from 1994 to 2009, and later convicted and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Penn State officials were accused of covering up the crimes.
Kuros filed his bill (H 126) again this year after his last bill died at the end of the 2011-2012 session.
“That scandal hit me particularly hard,” Kuros said Tuesday during a hearing of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. “It is tragic, not only what happened to the children, but what happened to the reputation of the institution because of the actions of one monster.”
The Penn State scandal could have just as easily happened at UMass, said Kuros, whose bill has drawn 12 bipartisan cosponsors, from Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville) to Rep. James Lyons Jr. (R-Andover).
When the crimes at Penn State came to light, Kuros (R-Uxbridge) said he began looking at laws surrounding mandated reporters, and found “under Massachusetts law, it is questionable whether a graduate assistant coach would have been a mandated reporter.”
Another aspect of the case not well known is a janitor witnessed a child being abused in a locker room, but never reported it, according to Kuros. “That person, under Massachusetts law, although they are a state employee, would not have been a mandated reporter,” he said.
“It is a reasonable expectation that if a UMass janitor walks into a locker room and sees a child being sexually assaulted that they report it,” Kuros said.
The legislation would change the definition of mandated reporter, and “simply says any commonwealth employee, in execution of their work function who witnesses the abuse of a child, is now a legally mandated reporter,” Kuros said.
Rep. John Scibak, (D-South Hadley) filed similar legislation (H 153) that would require all state and school employees or contractors to be mandated reporters.
Kuros said it’s a “sad commentary” on society that a law is needed to force people to report abuse they see.
“In my mindset it is reasonable as an employer to have that expectation of your employee if they witness a crime against a child that they report it,” he said.
Sen. Michael Barrett, (D-Lexington) co-chair of the Children and Families Committee, questioned whether the proposal would “break new ground” and how lawmakers would address training for those whose professional backgrounds is not working with children. Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield), another committee member, said she thinks it is important to mandate training.
“If we are going to mandate the training then we need to pay for the training,” she added.
Kuros disagreed, saying training would not be necessary because his proposal would only require employees who witness an act to report it, unlike other professionals who work with children who are required to report suspected abuse.
The Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee is considering a handful of bills involving mandated reporters, including a bill filed by Sen. Marc Pacheco (S 36) and another filed by Sen. Michael Knapik (S 40)