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Colorado 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. Parents

Is it bullying?1

In the state of Colorado, "Bullying", is defined as the means of any written, verbal, or physical/electronic act that's intended to:

  1. Intimidate
  2. Cause any physical, mental, or emotional harm to any student.

Bullying is prohibited against any student for any reason, including but not limited to any such behavior that is directed toward a student on the basis of his or her academic performance or  religious, political, or philosophical views.

(Colorado Revised Statutes §22-32-109.1)

 

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

 

Summary2

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

 

School's reponsibility for OFF campus bullying

 No official action stated for off campus bullying in Colorado. However, if incidents were to occur on:

  1. School premises
  2. School transport

That threaten the welfare of a student, then the school may enforce policies.

News about Bullying in Colorado

 

 

Resources

1http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/colorado/?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=C.R.S.+22-32-109.1

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

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