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Ohio Lawmakers Introduce New Anti-bullying Legislation image

Much like other states across the country, Ohio’s public schools must enact policies that prohibit student harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB).  The law defines “harassment, intimidation and bullying” to be any intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that one student has taken against another student more than one time.  The action must have resulted in either physical or mental harm.  The bullying must also be sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive.  The law’s aim is to protect children and prevent an environment that is threatening, intimidating or abusive for the victim. State Senator Sandra Williams of Cleveland wants to take Ohio’s anti-bullying laws farther.  She has introduced Senate Bills 196 and 197, which create an “aggravated bullying charge for juveniles.”  She’s sending a ...

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Mississippi Senate House Bill #263 Requires Anti-Bullying Training and Reporting image

Several state laws in Mississippi prohibit bullying or harassing behavior in Mississippi public schools.  SB 2015, passed in the regular session of 2010, addresses bullying by identifying it and requiring schools to define policies against bullying and harassment.  A more recent bill, Senate House Bill #263 aims to further strengthen anti-bullying measures.  The overall goal of the bill is to put in place mandatory training for school staff on bullying and suicide prevention and ensure proper reporting procedures are in place.  Legislatures wish to decrease the rate of suicide in youth and across the state of Mississippi which many professionals attribute to bullying and harassment within public schools.  The CDC put out a report on its research on the link between bullying and suicide. ...

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SB 179 (David’s Law) Passes in Texas Against Cyber-Bullying image

SB 179, drafted by José Menéndez, cleared both House and Senate with bipartisan support in late May 2017.  Menéndez claims it would “empower schools, parents, and law enforcement to tackle cyberbullying.”  The bill, known as David’s Law, honors a high school student from Alamo Heights who was subjected to fierce cyberbullying before he took his own life last year. The bill will take effect Sept. 1 and Texas schools and districts are taking note of the implications it has on their policies and procedures.  At a high level, the bill requires better reporting procedures, notification of parents within a specific timeframe, and district-wide policies.  Although some of the sections might be difficult to interpret, some of the main points include District-wide anti-cyberbullying policies ...

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