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Florida 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

In the state of Florida “Bullying” includes cyberbullying and is defined as inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students and may involve:

  1. Teasing;
  2. Social exclusion;
  3. Threat;
  4. Intimidation;
  5. Stalking;
  6. Physical violence;
  7. Theft;
  8. Sexual, religious, or racial harassment;
  9. Public or private humiliation; or
  10. Destruction of property

“Cyberbullying” means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic medium.

 

 

State Florida
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

School policy on bullying may take action if bullying either physical or through electronic device occurs to the point that it substantially disrupts the educational environment for a student or group of students.

Rules of Discipline may vary from offense; in-school suspension, suspension, and expulsion of students and decide all cases recommended for expulsion.

News about Bullying in Florida

 

 

Resources

1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield

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

3http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=1000-1099/1006/Sections/1006.147.html