Two Colorado school board members have been cleared of wrongdoing after being accused of bullying a student.
The student, who posted the tweets away from school grounds, is at risk for suspension or expulsion under the state's bullying law.
All 50 states have anti-bullying laws now, but policies vary widely at the district-level. Does your school have an anti-bullying policy? What protections are explicitly listed? Find out the best ways to cover this hotly-debated national issue at your school.
A bill that would have added the term “emotional harm” to Washington’s anti-bullying statute will not make its way out of committee, the bill’s primary supporter said.
A bill that would update Washington’s anti-bullying statute to include online speech as well as speech that causes “emotional harm” has Senate approval and is being considered by the House.
Caption: Kerry Kennedy addresses the crowd gathered for the RFK Center's launch of Project SEATBELT.
With the start of a new legislative session in many statehouses, cyberbullying has reappeared on the radar this month.Legislators in four states have all proposed bills that either amend the definition of "bullying" or require school boards to implement policy regarding cyberbullying and other forms of harassment.States with pending legislation on issues of bullying and cyberbullying include:
- Alaska: A proposal to amend the state's bullying law to include electronic as well as in-person communications.
- New Mexico: Another proposal to include cyberbullying as a form of bullying, as well as a requirement for school boards to implement a "cyberbullying prevention policy" by August 2013.
- New York: A proposal to revise the state's newly enacted 2012 cyberbullying law to define cyberbullying as "a repeated course of communication, or repeatedly causing a communication to be sent, by mechanical or electronic means, posting statements on the internet or through a computer network with no legitimate communication purpose which causes alarm or serious annoyance, or is likely to cause alarm or serious annoyance."
- Virginia: Clarifies the term "bullying" and requires districts to enact anti-bullying policies not just involving student-on-student conduct but also bullying of school employees by other employees.