Florida Anti-Bullying Law
If you are being bullied on school grounds, according to state law, you may contact the followng authoraties:
- School Principal, teacher, and/or counselor.
- School Superintendent.
If you are being cyber-bullied you may report the harassment to the following people,
- Website, application, server administrator.
- School faculty
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:
- Social exclusion;
- Physical violence;
- Sexual, religious, or racial harassment;
- Public or private humiliation; or
- Destruction of property
“Cyberbullying” means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic medium.
|Include electronic harassment||Yes|
|Require School Policy||Yes|
|Include off campus behaviors?||Yes|
- 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 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.
1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield