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California Anti-Bullying Law

What to do if being bullied?

Are you being cyberbullied?

School responsiblity

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What to do if you or a friend are being bullied?

If you are being bullied on school grounds, according to state law, you may contact the followng authoraties:

  1. School Principal, teacher, and/or counselor
  2. School Superintendent
  3. Parents

If you are being cyber-bullied you may report the harassment to the following people,

  1. Website, application, server administrator
  2. School faculty
  3. Parents

 

Is it bullying?1

“Bullying” means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil or group of pupils.

Groups listed under California State Law:

  1. Gender
  2. Disability
  3. Nationality
  4. Race or Ethnicity
  5. Religion
  6. Sexual Orientation

(California Education Code §48900)

 

State California 
Bullying Law Yes 
Include "cyberbullying" Yes 
Include electronic harassment Yes 
Criminal Sanction No 
School sanction Yes 
Require School Policy Yes 
Include off campus behaviors? Yes 

 

Summary2

  • State has a law pertaining to bullying
  • The term cyberbullying is specifically included
  • The law does include electronic harassment
  • The law does NOT provide for criminal sanctions
  • The law does have a school policy on bullying
  • State does follow federal law for off-campus bullying behavior

 

School's reponsibility for OFF campus bullying

For purposes of pupil suspension or recommendation for expulsion from a school, define “electronic act” as the creation and transmission originated on or off the schoolsite, by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager, of a communication, as specified.

(California Education Code §48900)

News about Bullying in California

 

 

Resources

1http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB256

2http://cyberbullying.org/Bullying-and-Cyberbullying-Laws.pdf

3Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield